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View from Ullock Pike. North West EnglandWythop forest lies to the west of Bassenthwaite Lake, eight kilometres north-west of Keswick. Wythop lies entirely within the Lake District National Park and has a predominantly eastern aspect highly visible from a series of viewpoints and access routes in the surrounding countryside including the A66 and A591 corridors.

The forest lies within the Whinlatter Red Squirrel Refuge buffer zone which is a managed area where Grey Squirrel trapping and control is carried out. In addition to Red Squirrels the forest is important for other raptors such as Tawny Owls and was the first nesting site for the Bassenthwaite Ospreys. Wythop is known nationally for its magnificent stands of Douglas fir which are approaching 150ft high and weigh in excess of 5 tonnes each.

The forest is leased from Lord Inglewood of Wythop Estate and at the request of the lessor, formal recreation is not promoted. Sporting rights are reserved to the Estate but are exercised only at a low level. The first Forest Design Plan was approved in 1995 and the first review in 2001.

Big timber from thinning Douglas FirThis page provides access to the Forest Design Plan for Wythop which is the Forestry Commission's core planning document. This plan was consulted on and approved in July 2010.

The Forestry Commission is keen to receive feedback about the proposals laid out in this plan review. If you would like to make any comments please email Adrian Jones.

The following documents will be made available as Adobe Acrobat files during March 20010. If printing to a different paper size to the one shown in brackets please remember that maps will not be to scale.


Red squirrel in young Douglas fir in Wythop Forest. North West EnglandNatural regeneration under Big Douglas Fir in Wythop Forest. North West England

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.