Explore Whinlatter
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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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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. 


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.

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. 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.

Food and drink

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.

Rheged at Whinlatter

The new Rheged Whinlatter shop is now open selling toys, art and craft, artisan food, outdoor accessories and great gift ideas. Open every day from 10am. Find out more or call 017687 78612.

Wonderful wildlife

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.


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.


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.

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?

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This is a great place for mountain biking, both the cycle cycle trails are extremely good. I liked the red one very much because of the best view points over the lake district. You can see for miles when coming down from the red trail. I will be coming back in summer to do it all again. I had so much fun here on my bike. I would highly recommend here for a day out

charlie howard, 30/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just had fantastic morning with grandchildren. Can't wait for the Gruffalo trail. Car parking fees well worth the money, you get so much enjoyment from play areas, biking trails and walking trails for little cost.

Sue Bell, 26/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have just had the most fantastic day out at Whinlatter. I too find the comments about the parking unfair - we spent all day there, biking and in the AMAZING adventure park and didn't spend another penny (apart from on cake!). My 2 year old, 4 year old, husband and I had a great time and to me it is clear where the money is going, into the great facilities. Thank you!

Helen, 17/Mar/2014
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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • 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)
  • 1 hour 1.60
    2 hours 3.20
    4 hours 5.30
    All day 6.90
  • Play area
  • Unique WildPlay trail opened in Spring 2011.
  • 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.
1 hour 1.60
2 hours 3.20
4 hours 5.30
All day 6.90
Discovery Pass
20 Dodd
40 Whinlatter
50 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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