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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Latest News (05/02/2016 08:46)

The Altura Trail South Loop is closed.  Repair work is continuing to improve drainage and carry out resurfacing.  The trail will be closed until it is fully dried out but this does depend on weather conditions in the coming weeks.  Riding the trail too soon could cause more damage so we appreciate your patience.  Updates will appear here but you can continue to enjoy the Altura North Loop and the Quercus trail which are both fully open.

Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

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Join him on his adventure at Whinlatter. Activity packs are available from Visitor Information. Sign up to receive more information about Stick Man & Friends.

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6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!

A Segways tour through the forest. Segways at Whinlatter

As well as Tree Top Adventure, you are now able to experience Segways at Whinlatter. A great way to venture around this amazing mountainous forest. Book online with GoApe

Planning Your Visit

Useful information about our site to help you plan your visit to Whinlatter.

Walking trails

Whinlatter is a great place for walking with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick and many miles of gravel roads, surfaced paths and tracks to explore.

Mountain bike trails

Whinlatter is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. The Altura Trail puts altitude into Mountain Biking by offering stunning views and a great single track trail which rises to 500m (1600ft) above Keswick and the northern lakes.

More things to do

Find out what other activities we have on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.

Events at Whinlatter

Whinlatter has a programme of events throughout the year from family events run by the ranger team to large scale sporting events including adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.


The Friends of Whinlatter is a group of volunteers who work with the Whinlatter ranger team to help look after the forest. They get involved in different activities from mountain bike trail maintenance and squirrel surveying to tree planting and dry stone walling.

Wildife at Whinlatter

Whinlatter is home to a host of wonderful wildlife, from red squrriels who live amongst our mature conifer trees to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys who nest near the forest from April to August. Watch these amazing birds of prey from the live nest camera or visit the Lake District Osprey Project.


We would like everyone to enjoy Whinlatter and pride ourselves on being a site that has excellent facilities and access. For help planning your visit please go to our access page.

Ramorum disease of Larch trees in Cumbria

Larch trees in Cumbria, including the Lake District, are being affected by the destructive Ramorum disease.
For further information, including what you can do to help, visit our Ramorum in Cumbria page

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Having lived in the area for almost fifteen years, I have seen the Forest Park develop enormously over this period of time. The range of activities is fantastic and to spend a whole day in the park is very much an option. The facilities are great, the shop is probably better value than comparable National Trust outlets and Siskins Caf serves ac great home prepared menu (cakes are

particularly good:-). All the staff are very helpful. I am a frequent user and find it difficult to understand those who quibble about the parking charges, particularly when you think about the value you get for your money. I have to say that I get pretty miffed with mountain bikers who'll spend 5,000+ on a bike and will choose to congest the road outside the park, rather than pay the parking fee. There's no charge for the use of the MTB trails, and they are maintained very well.

Magic Hill, 30/Jan/2016

Hi , could you please say why the cafe was closed on Sunday?

Terry, 17/Jan/2016

The café closes for a couple of weeks every January, to allow staff to take holiday and to carry out essential maintenance work at what is usually a very quiet time of year. The snow on Sunday resulted in an unusually high number of visitors.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Regular user of Whinlatter. Personally if I go for a walk I try to park at other parking areas because the charges are so high if I am doing Lords Seat and Barf. I also have a disabled son and am a regular visitor with him as while he cannot fully utilise the walks etc he loves to sit in the cafe or on the balcony watching the little birds and having a cuppa and a biscuit. He also likes the gifts, books etc in the shop and we invariably buy something there as well.

Unfortunately you have done away with the free disabled parking so our visits will become less frequent as the free twenty minutes is not a lot of good by the time we get from the car park to the cafe with a disabled kid.

While it may not seem a lot of money most disabled people have low incomes and even the 2 parking fee mounts up if you liked to visit a couple of times a week, especially when you add on the other costs, coffee snacks gift shop purchases etc. Why have you decided to make visits by disabled people less of an option for them. From my point of view it was a callous, purely business related decision that totally disregarded the needs of disabled people.

Still, I have now started going for my walks down the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick is very disabled friendly for my son with plenty of places he likes to go and sit so all is not that bad.

Mark, 13/Jan/2016

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to explain the recent changes to disabled parking. We work hard to try and provide facilities for everyone to enjoy the forest and we do rely on the support of our visitors to manage and maintain the facilities that we provide. The recent change to ask disabled visitors to also pay for parking is in line with other organisations across the Lakes. The revenue we receive from car parking goes directly towards maintaining and improving the high standard and wide range of facilities available to visitors as well as supporting sustainable management of the forest and conservation of wildlife habitats. As you say you often visit a couple of times a week, buying a Discovery pass for £45 would be a great option for you. This gives you year-round parking and other benefits including discount in the shop, whilst supporting the forest. Visit for details.

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Last updated: 22nd January 2016

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • Siskins Cafe
  • Cycling
  • 2 Mountain Bike trails, 7.5km and 19km long
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle hire available onsite from Cyclewise
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
    Up to 20 mins - Free
    1st Hour - £2
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £8.00
  • Play area
  • Unique WildPlay trail opened in Spring 2011.
  • Shop
  • Rheged@Whinlatter Forest Shop
  • Walking
  • Wide range of waymarked walking trails and children's trails
  • Viewpoint
  • Spectacular views of the Lake District Mountains, Keswick and Bassenthwaite lake.
  • Wildlife
  • Osprey nest live video camera from April to August
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

Get directions


Recreation Ranger
01768 778469

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information & Exhibition Centre
Cafe & Shop have varying hours, please ring for details.
Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £2
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £8.00
Discovery Pass
£20 Dodd
£45 Whinlatter
£55 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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