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Planning your visit

»Contact Us:

Visitor Information: 017687 78469 or
GoApe Booking: 0333 414 9514
Cyclewise Bike Hire & Shop: 017687 78711
Siskins Cafe: 017687 78410

»SUMMER Opening Hours:

We are open 7 days a week unless otherwise notified.
Visitor Information & Forest Shop:
10am-4pm daily. Dogs welcome
Siskins Cafe: 10am to 5pm daily. Dogs welcome.
Cyclewise: 10am to 5pm
Please contact GoApe for opening hours


» Getting here:

Address: Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria.
Postcode: CA12 5TW    
Grid reference: NY209245
From Keswick: Take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Visitor Centre Sign Posts.

Public Transport:
During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which also has the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

» Accessibility:

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.


We have a Tramper you can hire to enjoy an amazing trail with spectacular views in the forest.
To hire the tramper you need to be a member of the Lake District Mobility scheme (£10 for the year), and once you are a member, it is free to hire the Tramper. You fill out the form on your first visit  - find out the full details on Lake District Mobility website.
There are 2 slots every day - 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. This is proving to be a popular service, so please call in advance to book a slot (017687 78469).

» Parking:

Main Car Park: is on a 'Pay on exit' system.
The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre. Charges: Up to 20 mins - Free, 1st Hour - £2
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins, All Day - £8.00.
The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have 48hrs to pay online at Park with Ease

» Toilets:

Ladies, gents, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are all located in the passage at the back of the Visitor Centre.

» Picnic Areas:

Please use the decking area at the end of the Visitor Centre building.
Recycling bins are located on the decking and at the front and rear vof the visitor centre.

BBQ's - Please only use BBQ's at picnic benches with the slate tiles and take away with you after use. These are located at the following outlying car parks: Revelin Moss & Noble Knott.



Last updated: 19th May 2018

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OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

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