Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.
Update on new shop - Rheged at Whinlatter
Unfortunately Rheged will not be open in time for the half term holidays. They are still recruiting the team who will work in the shop and are working hard to complete this process. We expect the shop to be open by mid June.
All other facilities and businesses will be open as usual. If you require further information about visiting the forest please contact Whinlatter Visitor Centre on 017687 78469.
If you are interested in job opportunites please call 01539 711334.
Picnic cinema comes to Whinlatter
A unique experience for film lovers, outdoor adventurers and culture vultures. Come along and see the Shallow Grave (18) on 25 May 2013. Tickets are now on sale at www.picniccinema.co.uk.
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.
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.
Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a unique play trail for children, with 9 different play zones to explore through the trees. You can practice your engineering skills and draw water from the stream with an Archimedes screw or use the gravel mover to shift gravel around the pit.
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. And of course, visiting the forest through the year gives you a host of different sights and sounds, from the changing colours of the trees, to the different wildlife you can see.
Siskins Café offers a fabulous range of freshly prepared home cooked food. There's a huge variety of sandwiches and toasted paninis, jacket potatoes and soups.
Whinlatter Forest 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.