Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter Forest is managed by Forestry England and is a great day out for all ages. Head to the Visitor Centre and main car park to start your visit.

The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, taking you to up to viewpoints across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike. 

If you’re looking for adventure, try the mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning setting. The red grade Altura Trail has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina.The blue grade Quercus Trail is single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps, wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders.The Gorse Cycle Trail is a waymarked 10km route, sticking mostly to well-surfaced forest roads and takes you to the best parts of the forest and explores the quieter corners of Whinlatter at Noble Knott. Why not try an orienteering challenge which explores the forest by using a combination of forest roads and parts of the Quercus mountain bike trail. Navigate your way between control points to score as many points as possible in a fixed time.

Two waymarked running trails provide stunning scenery, a higher calorie burn, and increased mental well-being. The 5km and 10km marked trails at Whinlatter make running through the forest more accessible, so you can feel confident to just hit the trails and enjoy all the benefits of being active outdoors.

The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. There are also two children's discovery trails, to help explore the forest - maps available from the Visitor Centre.

Swing through the trees on the Go-Ape tree top course with zip lines, nets, rope ladders and swings to negotiate. Or if heights aren't your thing Go Ape Forest Segways are the best fun you can have off-road, on two eco-friendly wheels, without having to pedal.

A Tramper,  is available to hire from the Visitor Centre.  This all-terrain mobility scooter enables visitors to enjoy a beautiful forest trail with spectacular views.  The Tramper is managed in partnership with Lake District Mobility. Please call the Visitor Centre to find out more, 017687 78469.

There are also family events held in the forest over the year - check website for up to date information.

The Visitor Centre and Shop sell forest maps and a range of locally sourced products. Siskins Café offers home cooked food while Cyclewise, the onsite bike shop, hires out bikes as well as selling bikes and kit, and offering a range of bike skills and training courses.

  • 9 walking trails
  • Running Trails
  • 3 cycling trails plus mountain bike orienteering
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape Tree Top Trek
  • Go Ape Forest Segway 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Picnic areas
     

Location

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and main car park is just west of Keswick and is signed from the A66. Take the B5292 Whinlatter Pass and the Visitor Centre is 3 miles from the turn.

Other Forestry England car parks are available along the Whinlatter Pass, giving access to some of the walking routes and bike trails.

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Lakeland Paws Canicross Series

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk around the forest at night.

The walk will cover 3-4 miles of trails, and weather permitting, there will be stops for some amazing star gazing opportunities. As an amateur astronomer Jo help you have some fun finding the major constellations and will have star maps and guides on hand.

Please be aware the route will be on a range of surfaces and may be wet and muddy. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
Please bring a torch per person if possible. A red filter is ideal for when we stop to star gaze otherwise we will be turning the torches off. Dogs and children welcome.

You may want to bring a flask of warm drink and maybe a snack, especially if bringing children. Children under 12 must be within reach of their responsible appropriate adult at all times, older children must have an over 18 on site for the event.

There are 3 points, after about 2 miles, at which we can offer you the option to return to the Visitor Centre if you or your little people are tired. This will be self guided.


Women's Ostara (spring equinox) Cacao Ceremony

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A women's cacao ceremony in the forest to honour Ostara, the spring equinox.

Cacao ~ meditation & visualisation ~ fire ritual ~ manifesting ~ drumming!

This is a celebration of balance as the day and night are briefly equal in length, A time to recognise balance in our own lives, the light and dark within us, and our potential for new growth.

We honour the beautiful plant medicine of Mama Cacao as we focus on manifesting our dreams and desires, with the support of our sisters in circle.

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain.


Nature's Nightlife

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join us for a magical guided evening walk through the forest.

Listen out for owls, learn about the wildlife in the forest and experience the wonders of the night sky. Finish with hot chocolate & marshmallows around a campfire.

Please bring a torch, wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs permitted.
Suitable for age 5+. 


Spring Equinox Forest Bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the wonderful fresh energy of the spring equinox.

Allow yourself to be immersed in the vibrant energy of the forest connecting with the new growth and new beginnings in the natural world.

Learning how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.

We will be walking approx 1.5km along paths and over uneven ground. A moderate level of fitness is required. There are no toilets in this area of the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Full moon women's circle - Worm Moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The Worm moon symbolises the end of winter and beginning of spring as the worms begin to move again as the soil thaws. It is a time of excitement, new growth and new beginnings!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us, and manifest our dreams and desires to create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk around the forest at night.

The walk will cover 3-4 miles of trails, and weather permitting, there will be stops for some amazing star gazing opportunities. As an amateur astronomer Jo help you have some fun finding the major constellations and will have star maps and guides on hand.

Please be aware the route will be on a range of surfaces and may be wet and muddy. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
Please bring a torch per person if possible. A red filter is ideal for when we stop to star gaze otherwise we will be turning the torches off. Dogs and children welcome.

You may want to bring a flask of warm drink and maybe a snack, especially if bringing children. Children under 12 must be within reach of their responsible appropriate adult at all times, older children must have an over 18 on site for the event.

There are 3 points, after about 2 miles, at which we can offer you the option to return to the Visitor Centre if you or your little people are tired. This will be self guided.


The Forest Flow

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Come and join the team from The Conscious Self for a forest flow, a beautiful day of connecting to nature, our breath, ourselves and each other.

Forest Flow

Our meet up is at a designated place before a small walk to a beautiful clearing deep in the forest which will have a beautiful feel as you enter... (especially surrounded by all the pine trees). It's time to then settle down into our spaces around the fire and connect to Mother Nature.


Lakeland Paws Canicross Series

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 


Full moon women's circle - Pink Moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Pink moon aligns with spring flowers bursting into life and symbolises happiness & optimism, a time to focus our energy on creating and manifesting our dreams and goals.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.


Lakeland Paws Canicross Series

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 


Lakeland Paws Canicross Series

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 


Full moon women's circle - flower moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Flower (or Hare) moon aligns with the colourful early summer flowers blooming and symbolises fertility, growth and change; blossoming into your fullest potential!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

 

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.


Whinlatter Forest half marathon & 10km trail running event

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Can you conquer Whinlatter in 2024?

The Challenging Whinlatter Forest is the venue for this Trail Half Marathon & 10k in May 2024. With breath-taking views across the Lake District towards Keswick and Skiddaw this run won’t disappoint those who love the Lakes. The runs are mainly on firm trail paths starting on the North side and finishing on the South side. 

All Finishers will be rewarded with Wild Deer Merchandise, a Medal, snack and a Beer or soft drink.

This event is Canicross friendly and we allow one dog per runner


The Whinlatter Whopper

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

If you like running in circles, and up and down hills, you're in luck!

The Whopper is a 6hr or 12hr looped trail race set within Whinlatter forest.

Each loop is approximately 4.16 miles long (replicating the distance of a Backyard Ultra). You can run continuously, to clock up as many miles as you can, or complete 1 loop every hour to practice the Backyard Ultra format.

The route is rather undulating, but should you complete a loop on the hour for 12 hrs, you'll cover 50 miles and 12000ft + of elevation. Not to be sniffed at! You are of course welcome to come along and treat the day as training, set a new distance PB, or just come for the fun!

The course will be fully marked and marshalled, and there will be snacks and drinks included at race HQ.


Summer solstice & full strawberry moon women's Circle & cacao ceremony

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

How exciting that the summer solstice & full Strawberry moon coincide; the high vibing peak of energy of the solstice married with the love, joy & magic of the Strawberry full moon!

In this magical ritual I share my own personal practice with you, infusing the cacao medicine of Central & South America with the Celtic wheel of the year in deep communion with Mother Earth and in sacred circle.

Calling in the elements & directions we celebrate and connect with the lunar energy and Mama Cacao to open our hearts to the magic of life!

Through meditation, visualisation, drumming, journeying & fire ritual we release that which no longer serves us and manifest our very best life.

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let me know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets so please go before you arrive. 


Full Moon Women's Circle - Buck Moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Buck moon aligns with the potent & virile energy of the young buck, bringing strength, ambition & abundance, fuelled by the long days and balmy nights!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Full moon women's circle - grain super moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Grain moon marks the beginning of super moon season, where the moon is at her closest to the Earth, and symbolises the beginning of our personal harvest as the season begins to slow.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Full moon women's circle - harvest super moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Harvest moon shines bright in the sky, giving light for the gathering of crops. This beautiful super moon illuminates our own personal harvest as we approach the Autumn Equinox, a time of balance and reflection.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.


Full moon women's circle - hunters super moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Hunters' moon, is named for the hunting our ancestors would have done at this time of year, preparing for the winter months ahead.

This is the time to welcome the darker months of the year, an opportunity for introspection and self reflection, slowing down and honouring the energy of the season.

Drawing close to Samhain (Halloween), where the veil is at its thinnest, we connect with our ancestors and blood line, giving thanks and asking for their wisdom and guidance.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Full moon women's circle - beaver super moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Beaver Moon is symbolised by busy beavers, preparing for the winter months ahead. It is our last push to get everything in order, before we head within for the winter months. Connecting with our intuition it is an opportunity for deep self healing and spiritual growth.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Full moon women's circle - cold moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The full Cold moon illuminates our deepest desires with her magical bright light. Whilst the world is at rest, our dreams for the year ahead are beginning to form in readiness for the return of the sun at the upcoming winter solstice.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 


Winter solstice forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter forest. At the shortest day, we take our lead from Mother Nature; slowing down our bodies and minds to the rhythm of the forest.

Learning how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.

We will be walking approximately 1.5km along paths and over uneven ground. A moderate level of fitness is required. There are no toilets in this area of the forest so you will need to go before you arrive. 


Women's winter solstice cacao ceremony

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A women's cacao ceremony in the forest to honour Yule, the Winter Solstice.

Celebrating the release of the dark and return of the sun as from now on each new day grows longer. 

We honour the beautiful plant medicine of Mama Cacao as we focus on birthing our dreams and visions as the sun returns, with the support of our sisters in circle.

Cacao ~ meditation & visualisation ~ fire ritual ~ manifesting ~ singing ~ drumming!

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain.


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England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter Forest is managed by Forestry England and is a great day out for all ages. Head to the Visitor Centre and main car park to start your visit.

The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, taking you to up to viewpoints across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike. 

If you’re looking for adventure, try the mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning setting. The red grade Altura Trail has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina.The blue grade Quercus Trail is single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps, wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders.The Gorse Cycle Trail is a waymarked 10km route, sticking mostly to well-surfaced forest roads and takes you to the best parts of the forest and explores the quieter corners of Whinlatter at Noble Knott. Why not try an orienteering challenge which explores the forest by using a combination of forest roads and parts of the Quercus mountain bike trail. Navigate your way between control points to score as many points as possible in a fixed time.

Two waymarked running trails provide stunning scenery, a higher calorie burn, and increased mental well-being. The 5km and 10km marked trails at Whinlatter make running through the forest more accessible, so you can feel confident to just hit the trails and enjoy all the benefits of being active outdoors.

The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. There are also two children's discovery trails, to help explore the forest - maps available from the Visitor Centre.

Swing through the trees on the Go-Ape tree top course with zip lines, nets, rope ladders and swings to negotiate. Or if heights aren't your thing Go Ape Forest Segways are the best fun you can have off-road, on two eco-friendly wheels, without having to pedal.

A Tramper,  is available to hire from the Visitor Centre.  This all-terrain mobility scooter enables visitors to enjoy a beautiful forest trail with spectacular views.  The Tramper is managed in partnership with Lake District Mobility. Please call the Visitor Centre to find out more, 017687 78469.

There are also family events held in the forest over the year - check website for up to date information.

The Visitor Centre and Shop sell forest maps and a range of locally sourced products. Siskins Café offers home cooked food while Cyclewise, the onsite bike shop, hires out bikes as well as selling bikes and kit, and offering a range of bike skills and training courses.

  • 9 walking trails
  • Running Trails
  • 3 cycling trails plus mountain bike orienteering
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape Tree Top Trek
  • Go Ape Forest Segway 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Picnic areas
     

Location

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and main car park is just west of Keswick and is signed from the A66. Take the B5292 Whinlatter Pass and the Visitor Centre is 3 miles from the turn.

Other Forestry England car parks are available along the Whinlatter Pass, giving access to some of the walking routes and bike trails.

Lakeland Paws Canicross Series


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
03 March 2024

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 

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Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
09 March 2024

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk around the forest at night.

The walk will cover 3-4 miles of trails, and weather permitting, there will be stops for some amazing star gazing opportunities. As an amateur astronomer Jo help you have some fun finding the major constellations and will have star maps and guides on hand.

Please be aware the route will be on a range of surfaces and may be wet and muddy. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
Please bring a torch per person if possible. A red filter is ideal for when we stop to star gaze otherwise we will be turning the torches off. Dogs and children welcome.

You may want to bring a flask of warm drink and maybe a snack, especially if bringing children. Children under 12 must be within reach of their responsible appropriate adult at all times, older children must have an over 18 on site for the event.

There are 3 points, after about 2 miles, at which we can offer you the option to return to the Visitor Centre if you or your little people are tired. This will be self guided.

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Women's Ostara (spring equinox) Cacao Ceremony


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
17 March 2024

A women's cacao ceremony in the forest to honour Ostara, the spring equinox.

Cacao ~ meditation & visualisation ~ fire ritual ~ manifesting ~ drumming!

This is a celebration of balance as the day and night are briefly equal in length, A time to recognise balance in our own lives, the light and dark within us, and our potential for new growth.

We honour the beautiful plant medicine of Mama Cacao as we focus on manifesting our dreams and desires, with the support of our sisters in circle.

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain.

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Nature's Nightlife


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 March 2024

Join us for a magical guided evening walk through the forest.

Listen out for owls, learn about the wildlife in the forest and experience the wonders of the night sky. Finish with hot chocolate & marshmallows around a campfire.

Please bring a torch, wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs permitted.
Suitable for age 5+. 

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Spring Equinox Forest Bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
24 March 2024

Celebrate the wonderful fresh energy of the spring equinox.

Allow yourself to be immersed in the vibrant energy of the forest connecting with the new growth and new beginnings in the natural world.

Learning how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.

We will be walking approx 1.5km along paths and over uneven ground. A moderate level of fitness is required. There are no toilets in this area of the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Full moon women's circle - Worm Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
24 March 2024

The Worm moon symbolises the end of winter and beginning of spring as the worms begin to move again as the soil thaws. It is a time of excitement, new growth and new beginnings!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us, and manifest our dreams and desires to create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
30 March 2024

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk around the forest at night.

The walk will cover 3-4 miles of trails, and weather permitting, there will be stops for some amazing star gazing opportunities. As an amateur astronomer Jo help you have some fun finding the major constellations and will have star maps and guides on hand.

Please be aware the route will be on a range of surfaces and may be wet and muddy. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
Please bring a torch per person if possible. A red filter is ideal for when we stop to star gaze otherwise we will be turning the torches off. Dogs and children welcome.

You may want to bring a flask of warm drink and maybe a snack, especially if bringing children. Children under 12 must be within reach of their responsible appropriate adult at all times, older children must have an over 18 on site for the event.

There are 3 points, after about 2 miles, at which we can offer you the option to return to the Visitor Centre if you or your little people are tired. This will be self guided.

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The Forest Flow


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 April - 03 March 2024

Come and join the team from The Conscious Self for a forest flow, a beautiful day of connecting to nature, our breath, ourselves and each other.

Forest Flow

Our meet up is at a designated place before a small walk to a beautiful clearing deep in the forest which will have a beautiful feel as you enter... (especially surrounded by all the pine trees). It's time to then settle down into our spaces around the fire and connect to Mother Nature.

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Lakeland Paws Canicross Series


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 April 2024

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 

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Full moon women's circle - Pink Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
24 April 2024

The full Pink moon aligns with spring flowers bursting into life and symbolises happiness & optimism, a time to focus our energy on creating and manifesting our dreams and goals.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.

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Lakeland Paws Canicross Series


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
11 May 2024

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 

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Lakeland Paws Canicross Series


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 May 2024

The autumn 23/24 series of canicross races has now launched! Held in England’s only mountain forest, Dodd Wood & Grizedale Forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

This series offers a mix of courses across three venues with 5 and 3 mile options available. New for this year is a special dawn 2 dusk event and the popular double header weekend in May makes a return!

Event Dates 

  • Sun 1st Oct: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sun 5th Nov: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd Dec: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 17th Dec: Dawn 2 Dusk (Special one off event based at Whinlatter Forest)
  • Sun 7th Jan: Whinlatter Tails (South Side Course)
  • Sat 3rd Feb: Grizedale Growl
  • Sun 3rd March: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 7th April: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)
  • Sat 11th May: Dogs @ Dodd
  • Sun 12th May: Whinlatter Tails (Seat How Course)

For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website www.lakelandpaws.com 

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Full moon women's circle - flower moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
24 May 2024

The full Flower (or Hare) moon aligns with the colourful early summer flowers blooming and symbolises fertility, growth and change; blossoming into your fullest potential!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

 

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.

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Whinlatter Forest half marathon & 10km trail running event


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
26 May 2024

Can you conquer Whinlatter in 2024?

The Challenging Whinlatter Forest is the venue for this Trail Half Marathon & 10k in May 2024. With breath-taking views across the Lake District towards Keswick and Skiddaw this run won’t disappoint those who love the Lakes. The runs are mainly on firm trail paths starting on the North side and finishing on the South side. 

All Finishers will be rewarded with Wild Deer Merchandise, a Medal, snack and a Beer or soft drink.

This event is Canicross friendly and we allow one dog per runner

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The Whinlatter Whopper


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 June 2024

If you like running in circles, and up and down hills, you're in luck!

The Whopper is a 6hr or 12hr looped trail race set within Whinlatter forest.

Each loop is approximately 4.16 miles long (replicating the distance of a Backyard Ultra). You can run continuously, to clock up as many miles as you can, or complete 1 loop every hour to practice the Backyard Ultra format.

The route is rather undulating, but should you complete a loop on the hour for 12 hrs, you'll cover 50 miles and 12000ft + of elevation. Not to be sniffed at! You are of course welcome to come along and treat the day as training, set a new distance PB, or just come for the fun!

The course will be fully marked and marshalled, and there will be snacks and drinks included at race HQ.

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Summer solstice & full strawberry moon women's Circle & cacao ceremony


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
22 June 2024

How exciting that the summer solstice & full Strawberry moon coincide; the high vibing peak of energy of the solstice married with the love, joy & magic of the Strawberry full moon!

In this magical ritual I share my own personal practice with you, infusing the cacao medicine of Central & South America with the Celtic wheel of the year in deep communion with Mother Earth and in sacred circle.

Calling in the elements & directions we celebrate and connect with the lunar energy and Mama Cacao to open our hearts to the magic of life!

Through meditation, visualisation, drumming, journeying & fire ritual we release that which no longer serves us and manifest our very best life.

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let me know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets so please go before you arrive. 

Full Details »

Full Moon Women's Circle - Buck Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
21 July 2024

The full Buck moon aligns with the potent & virile energy of the young buck, bringing strength, ambition & abundance, fuelled by the long days and balmy nights!

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+. Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Full moon women's circle - grain super moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 August 2024

The full Grain moon marks the beginning of super moon season, where the moon is at her closest to the Earth, and symbolises the beginning of our personal harvest as the season begins to slow.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Full moon women's circle - harvest super moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 September 2024

The full Harvest moon shines bright in the sky, giving light for the gathering of crops. This beautiful super moon illuminates our own personal harvest as we approach the Autumn Equinox, a time of balance and reflection.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive.

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Full moon women's circle - hunters super moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 October 2024

The full Hunters' moon, is named for the hunting our ancestors would have done at this time of year, preparing for the winter months ahead.

This is the time to welcome the darker months of the year, an opportunity for introspection and self reflection, slowing down and honouring the energy of the season.

Drawing close to Samhain (Halloween), where the veil is at its thinnest, we connect with our ancestors and blood line, giving thanks and asking for their wisdom and guidance.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Full moon women's circle - beaver super moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 November 2024

The full Beaver Moon is symbolised by busy beavers, preparing for the winter months ahead. It is our last push to get everything in order, before we head within for the winter months. Connecting with our intuition it is an opportunity for deep self healing and spiritual growth.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Full moon women's circle - cold moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 December 2024

The full Cold moon illuminates our deepest desires with her magical bright light. Whilst the world is at rest, our dreams for the year ahead are beginning to form in readiness for the return of the sun at the upcoming winter solstice.

Calling in the elements & directions we cast a sacred circle to celebrate and connect with the energy of the moon, to release anything that no longer serves us and create our very best life!

You can expect:

Meditation ~ visualisation ~ drumming ~ fire ritual ~ manifestation!

Sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Forest tea and cake provided - please let me know of any dietary requirements on booking.

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself, some warm clothes, a torch, and maybe a journal...

 

Age 16+.  Please note this event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain. There are no toilets in the forest so please go before you arrive. 

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Winter solstice forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
21 December 2024

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter forest. At the shortest day, we take our lead from Mother Nature; slowing down our bodies and minds to the rhythm of the forest.

Learning how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.

We will be walking approximately 1.5km along paths and over uneven ground. A moderate level of fitness is required. There are no toilets in this area of the forest so you will need to go before you arrive. 

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Women's winter solstice cacao ceremony


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
21 December 2024

A women's cacao ceremony in the forest to honour Yule, the Winter Solstice.

Celebrating the release of the dark and return of the sun as from now on each new day grows longer. 

We honour the beautiful plant medicine of Mama Cacao as we focus on birthing our dreams and visions as the sun returns, with the support of our sisters in circle.

Cacao ~ meditation & visualisation ~ fire ritual ~ manifesting ~ singing ~ drumming!

Cacao has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years. Healing and transformational it is a deep heart opener helping us move from fear to love and connect with our inner wisdom. It is a really special experience and deeply enhances our meditation and insight. 

The cacao I used is high quality raw and organic, lovingly prepared with Reiki and intention and is mixed with plant milk. Drinking cacao is optional and herbal teas will also be available. It is advised that you should not drink cacao if you are taking anti-depressants. Please let Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing know if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or a heart condition as it is advised to take a lower measure. 

 

This event is in the depths of the forest 300m up a steep path. We have a large shelter and it will still go ahead in the rain.

Full Details »

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