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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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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.

A Segways tour through the forest. Segways at Whinlatter

As well as Tree Top Adventure, you are now able to experience Segways at Whinlatter. A great way to venture around this amazing mountainous forest. Book online with GoApe

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Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail here at Whinlatter from March to October.
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Planning Your Visit

Useful information about our site to help you plan your visit to Whinlatter.

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.

More things to do

Find out what other activities we have on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.

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.


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.

Wildife at Whinlatter

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

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

What a great place. Something for everybody. Cafe is lovely. Staff very friendly. Great walks. Car parking far too expensive, though.

Tom, 1/Oct/2015

Thanks for letting us know you've enjoyed your visit. We work hard to try and provide facilities for everyone to enjoy the forest and we do rely on the support of our visitors to manage and maintain the facilities that we provide. The revenue we receive from car parking goes directly towards maintaining and improving the high standard and wide range of facilities available to visitors. Our Discovery Pass offers great value if you visit the forest regularly, offering free parking as well as other benefits, go to for details.

Forestry Commission Response

I think you need slightly bigger signs about the new parking system. I went into drop my bike off at Cyclewise and didn't realize it had changed - hence I exceeded the 20 mins free, might make me think twice before I call in and go to Keswick instead. I notice the parking charges are out of date on this page too - all day is now 8 up from 7.30 presumably to pay for the new system? I know facilities are provided but that is getting pretty steep. No doubt there will be more cars parked further down the road now!

GAT, 26/Sep/2015

Thanks for your feedback regarding signage. By placing signs at the entrance, at each machine and in the clipframes around the Visitor Centre and toilets we thought we had made sure that the information about the new system would be seen by all our visitors but I will forward your suggestion to the ranger team for consideration. The old system did not provide any free time so we do believe that it is now fairer and offers more flexibility for our visitors. The Forestry Commission is non-profit making and your money for parking will go towards the upkeep of the forest and is used to maintain and improve the recreation facilities you use on your visit. I hope you will continue to visit end enjoy the facilities we provide. If you’re a regular visitor you might like to consider buying a Discovery Pass which would provide you with year-round parking as well as a wide range of discounts and other benefits. Go to for more details.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Another great visit to the cafe at the weekend. We always stop here on our Lakes rides as the food and coffee are very good. So good, that we don't mind paying a little more.

However, it's always good on a ride to check-in with home at each stop, and with no mobile service having wifi is handy. It's very disappointing that the wifi is priced at 4 an hour! I would have thought paying 6.90 for a sandwich and a coffee might go someway towards covering a basic free wifi service?

Stu, 21/Sep/2015

Our business partner operating the café have created a BT Openzone WiFi hotspot. This is a wireless broadband (wi-fi) service that you can access in public places (hotspots) such as airports, hotels, coffee shops, motorway service stations and city centres. BT customers can access BT hotspots free of charge. Customers of other mobile providers can also access the hotspot free of charge, depending on whether your price plan includes BT WiFi. The £4 for an hour of access to the WiFi is the pay as you go fee, charged by BT not Siskins café. We advise you check with your mobile provider about adding BT WiFi to your price plan, this will then give you access to the millions of BT WiFi hotspots in the UK.

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Last updated: 10/02/2015

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • Siskins Cafe
  • 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)
  • Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
    Up to 20 mins - Free
    1st Hour - £2
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £8.00
  • Play area
  • Unique WildPlay trail opened in Spring 2011.
  • Shop
  • Rheged@Whinlatter Forest Shop
  • 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


Map showing the local area
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.
Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £2
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £8.00
Discovery Pass
£20 Dodd
£45 Whinlatter
£55 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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Useful sites

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