Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.
Try a new sport!
Join a free Nordic Walking taster session here in the forest. Find out just how beneficial Nordic walking is for your fitness, and how it is far more than just walking with poles!
Join us for our new Gruffalo Orienteering Trail! Buy a map for £1.50 from the Information Point to start your adventure. Be careful not to wake the sleeping Gruffalo's Child on your way...
The Stick Man activity trail is in the forest until the end of October. Have a go at making your own Stick Man and lots more activities with your activity pack.
Useful information about our site to help you plan your visit to Whinlatter.
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.
Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.
Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.
Find out what other activities we have on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.
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.
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
What do other visitors say?
2 StarsAnonymous, 6/Jul/2016
I make a point of visiting the forest with my family each time we visit the Lakes because it is such a good place to visit. I doubt that I will return due to the new 'pay on exit' parking payment scheme and the exceedingly high parking charges, 45 pence for every 20 mins after the first hour!!! We stayed for the minimum amount of time, just enough to allow my daughter a quick run through the forest and then left, instead of using the caf we went somewhere else.
Forestry Commission Response
We believe that the new system at Whinlatter offers more flexibility and better value, as you now pay for the time you’re here rather than needing to purchase a block of time on arrival. The charges are only very slightly different to the old pay and display charges, indeed a 2 hour stay is now slightly cheaper. We work hard to provide facilities for everyone to enjoy the forest and we do rely on the support of our visitors, through income from car parking, to maintain the facilities and trails for you to enjoy, as well as looking after wildlife and managing the forest to safeguard it for the future. The Forestry Commission is non-profit making and every penny of your car parking fee is reinvested back into this forest.
Gwenn & Mike, 28/Jun/2016
Went to see the Ospreys and luckily the weather was good and it possible to see the nest and also the adults feeding their youngster. Watching on the webcam daily you can see how the they are all progressing. Thank you for all the hard work it has taken to provide such pictures lovely to see them
5 StarsTom, 24/Jun/2016
What an excellent centre you run. I always love visiting and walking. I love walking to Lord's Seat and on to Barf from your centre. I have a Discovery Pass and that is great value.