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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Real Christmas trees at Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Looking for a real Christmas tree near you?

Buy your real Christmas tree from Whinlatter Forest, Keswick this year for a wonderful experience and the highest quality, British Christmas trees.

From 26 November daily 9.30 - 4pm. Tree sales are located along the forest road behind Cyclewise, to the rear of the Visitor Centre.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

  • Quality: Our high-quality trees are Grown in Britain certified - so you can be proud of your superior quality tree
  • Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations 
  • Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home
  • Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations

Christmas activities in our forest

Wellies crunching through twigs and leaves. Steaming hot chocolate and a cheek-warming tea. Walking trails and special memories. It’s more than a trip to pick up your Christmas tree!

At Whinlatter you can experience a full day out with your loved ones, take a crisp winter walk along one of the many forest trails and treat yourself to a warming drink from Siskins Cafe before choosing the perfect tree to take home.


Landscape Photography Workshop

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied).

Refreshments are not provided as part of the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own or better still, use the on-site Siskins café where you’ll get a great choice of food and drinks in a wonderful and relaxing forest environment.


Landscape Photography Workshop

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied).

Refreshments are not provided as part of the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own or better still, use the on-site Siskins café where you’ll get a great choice of food and drinks in a wonderful and relaxing forest environment.


Breeze into the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forest at a leisurely pace. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all. We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind.

Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet and gloves and clothes you are comfortable cycling in. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed. Coffee and cake is an option at the end of the ride at Siskins cafe. First-timers welcome! If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.


Whinlatter Tails

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A new series of canicross races, held in England’s only mountain forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

The route is a 5 mile course at Whinlatter forest with 1200ft of ascent. It reaches the summit of Seat How, is a mix of forest roads and narrower walking trails but has stunning scenery across the whole course.

Also on offer is  a shorter 3 mile option, which is recommended for those just starting out or wanting an easier run. This is still a beautiful route, with 800ft of ascent, but avoids the summit of Seat How. The second half of both routes is identical, allowing all participants to finish together. It is possible to select your route on the day of your event. 

Visit the event provider website for more essential information on dogs & kit. For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website: www.lakelandpaws.com 


Breeze into Whinlatter Forest for E-Bikes - Gorse Trail

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

 

Ladies, if you have a love for the outdoors, enjoy riding a bike but feel daunted by the thought of struggling up hills then now is your chance to try cycling with a difference. Join Breeze Champion Raich for a social e-bike ride around the Gorse Trail. 

This Breeze into the Forest ride is a women only “E-BIKE” ride and requires no particular skill, other than being able to ride a bike, as we will be riding along forest tracks. There are long gradual ascents and descents so a bike with a full battery, low gears and good brakes is beneficial. The main aim of the ride is to enjoy ourselves and with that in mind there is an ethos that we ride as fast as the slowest rider and no-one gets left behind. After the ride Siskins Café provides a lovely environment for a little “apres-ride” socialising while indulging in a bit of C&C (Coffee & Cake).

The ride is approx.. 5.7 miles riding on forest tracks with a very small section of road. Electric Mountain bikes or Electric hybrids with off-road tyres and a helmet are essential. This is the Lake District so please come dressed for our wonderfully unpredictable weather, a spare change of clothing is advisable as the route can get wet and muddy. A drink and a snack are also worth carrying as your energy may drop during the ride along with a spare inner tube just in case!
The forest is a magical place full of wildlife and car free tracks. Exploring it on a bike is great fun, a great way to improve your level of fitness, cycling skills and meet new like-minded people so come along and give it a go.


Full Moon Women's Circle - Cold Moon

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon and elements with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Tea and cake provided.

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


Moonrunner

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A 10k Head Torch Trail Race within Whinlatter Forest. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time. A fully marked course, this is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike. This is part of a series of 3 events, with the other two at Chopwell Woods & Hamsterley Forest. You can enter all 3 or just the stand alone events. 

The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heartbeat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike.

Your entry and what’s included:

  • A branded event mug/medal
  • Free, downloadable event pictures.
  • a packet of wildflower seeds.
  • Prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers, 1st V40, V50 and V60
  • Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, FIT Performance and Sports Injury Clinic, and Vaga.
  • Free future race places for all category winners.

Moon Runner

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heartbeat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked, and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike.

 

Venue:Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain forest. Set within the Lake District and home to stunning views, fantastic walks and trail running, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Route and Terrain Conditions: a very hilly 10k route on a mixture of hard packed gravel tracks, single twisting dirt tracks and occasional muddy bridleway all contained within the Forest.

Parking/Race HQ: 

  • There will be a race HQ with toilets.
  • There are spaces for approx. 200 cars; therefore participants are encouraged to car share when possible (covid restrictions allowing)
  • There will be medical support from Rapid Reaction NE Ltd who will be on the course throughout the event.
  • Water/food and fruit available at the start and finish area.

Weather: At this time of year it is not unusual for the temperature to fall below freezing therefore we suggest bringing with you a hat, gloves and warm jacket so that you can enjoy your cuppa and some food from the cafe.

We are an eco-friendly company and, on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts or medals. What we do guarantee is a first class race experience where you can make memories to last a lifetime! We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wild flower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden which is great for the environment.

Your entry and what’s included:

  • A Branded event Mug
  • Free, downloadable event pictures.
  • a packet of wildflower seeds.
  • Cash prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers
  • Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, Fit Performance and Sports Injury Clinic and Vaga
  • Free future race places for all category winners

Forest Bathing - Winter Solstice (Yule)

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter forest as the sun sets. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself, the elements and nature. We learn how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as 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.


Christmas Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a Christmassy night time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some magical clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route. We can keep an eye out for Santa, use star maps to identify the constellations, or enjoy a cloudier night with a completely different perspective. Tea, coffee, & hot chocolate will available at the end.
 

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome (not appropriate for young puppies due to walk length).

Please come dressed for the weather, while we are hoping for clear skies that will mean cold temperatures! And the Cumbrian weather can also offer many other things.  Boots or trail shoes are recommended. Santa hats etc very welcome!


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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.

Real Christmas trees at Whinlatter Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
26 November - 16 December 2022

Looking for a real Christmas tree near you?

Buy your real Christmas tree from Whinlatter Forest, Keswick this year for a wonderful experience and the highest quality, British Christmas trees.

From 26 November daily 9.30 - 4pm. Tree sales are located along the forest road behind Cyclewise, to the rear of the Visitor Centre.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

  • Quality: Our high-quality trees are Grown in Britain certified - so you can be proud of your superior quality tree
  • Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations 
  • Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home
  • Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations

Christmas activities in our forest

Wellies crunching through twigs and leaves. Steaming hot chocolate and a cheek-warming tea. Walking trails and special memories. It’s more than a trip to pick up your Christmas tree!

At Whinlatter you can experience a full day out with your loved ones, take a crisp winter walk along one of the many forest trails and treat yourself to a warming drink from Siskins Cafe before choosing the perfect tree to take home.

Full Details »

Landscape Photography Workshop


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
03 December 2022

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied).

Refreshments are not provided as part of the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own or better still, use the on-site Siskins café where you’ll get a great choice of food and drinks in a wonderful and relaxing forest environment.

Full Details »

Landscape Photography Workshop


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
03 December 2022

If you’re limited for time or unsure if a full day workshop is for you, why not join photographer Steve Blake on a half day workshop at Whinlatter Forest? This beautiful woodland environment is a perfect setting in which to ‘dip your toe’ into the world of landscape photography.

After introductions we’ll go out onto the forest and visit a series of nearby locations to explore different elements and techniques of landscape photography. You'll have opportunities to look at composition, exposure, exploring the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, getting to grips with your histogram and a host of other quick tips and techniques to whet your appetite to dig further into landscape photography. You'll then return to the centre where we’ll review the session and address any outstanding questions.

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied).

Refreshments are not provided as part of the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own or better still, use the on-site Siskins café where you’ll get a great choice of food and drinks in a wonderful and relaxing forest environment.

Full Details »

Breeze into the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 December 2022

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forest at a leisurely pace. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all. We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind.

Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet and gloves and clothes you are comfortable cycling in. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed. Coffee and cake is an option at the end of the ride at Siskins cafe. First-timers welcome! If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Full Details »

Whinlatter Tails


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 December 2022

A new series of canicross races, held in England’s only mountain forest. The perfect location for you to enjoy stunning scenery and a fully marked course on forest roads and trails.

The route is a 5 mile course at Whinlatter forest with 1200ft of ascent. It reaches the summit of Seat How, is a mix of forest roads and narrower walking trails but has stunning scenery across the whole course.

Also on offer is  a shorter 3 mile option, which is recommended for those just starting out or wanting an easier run. This is still a beautiful route, with 800ft of ascent, but avoids the summit of Seat How. The second half of both routes is identical, allowing all participants to finish together. It is possible to select your route on the day of your event. 

Visit the event provider website for more essential information on dogs & kit. For more information contact Lakeland Paws via their website: www.lakelandpaws.com 

Full Details »

Breeze into Whinlatter Forest for E-Bikes - Gorse Trail


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
08 December 2022

 

Ladies, if you have a love for the outdoors, enjoy riding a bike but feel daunted by the thought of struggling up hills then now is your chance to try cycling with a difference. Join Breeze Champion Raich for a social e-bike ride around the Gorse Trail. 

This Breeze into the Forest ride is a women only “E-BIKE” ride and requires no particular skill, other than being able to ride a bike, as we will be riding along forest tracks. There are long gradual ascents and descents so a bike with a full battery, low gears and good brakes is beneficial. The main aim of the ride is to enjoy ourselves and with that in mind there is an ethos that we ride as fast as the slowest rider and no-one gets left behind. After the ride Siskins Café provides a lovely environment for a little “apres-ride” socialising while indulging in a bit of C&C (Coffee & Cake).

The ride is approx.. 5.7 miles riding on forest tracks with a very small section of road. Electric Mountain bikes or Electric hybrids with off-road tyres and a helmet are essential. This is the Lake District so please come dressed for our wonderfully unpredictable weather, a spare change of clothing is advisable as the route can get wet and muddy. A drink and a snack are also worth carrying as your energy may drop during the ride along with a spare inner tube just in case!
The forest is a magical place full of wildlife and car free tracks. Exploring it on a bike is great fun, a great way to improve your level of fitness, cycling skills and meet new like-minded people so come along and give it a go.

Full Details »

Full Moon Women's Circle - Cold Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
08 December 2022

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon and elements with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle.

Tea and cake provided.

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

Full Details »

Moonrunner


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
17 December 2022

A 10k Head Torch Trail Race within Whinlatter Forest. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time. A fully marked course, this is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike. This is part of a series of 3 events, with the other two at Chopwell Woods & Hamsterley Forest. You can enter all 3 or just the stand alone events. 

The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heartbeat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike.

Your entry and what’s included:

  • A branded event mug/medal
  • Free, downloadable event pictures.
  • a packet of wildflower seeds.
  • Prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers, 1st V40, V50 and V60
  • Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, FIT Performance and Sports Injury Clinic, and Vaga.
  • Free future race places for all category winners.

Full Details »

Moon Runner


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
17 December 2022

The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heartbeat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked, and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike.

 

Venue:Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain forest. Set within the Lake District and home to stunning views, fantastic walks and trail running, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Route and Terrain Conditions: a very hilly 10k route on a mixture of hard packed gravel tracks, single twisting dirt tracks and occasional muddy bridleway all contained within the Forest.

Parking/Race HQ: 

  • There will be a race HQ with toilets.
  • There are spaces for approx. 200 cars; therefore participants are encouraged to car share when possible (covid restrictions allowing)
  • There will be medical support from Rapid Reaction NE Ltd who will be on the course throughout the event.
  • Water/food and fruit available at the start and finish area.

Weather: At this time of year it is not unusual for the temperature to fall below freezing therefore we suggest bringing with you a hat, gloves and warm jacket so that you can enjoy your cuppa and some food from the cafe.

We are an eco-friendly company and, on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts or medals. What we do guarantee is a first class race experience where you can make memories to last a lifetime! We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wild flower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden which is great for the environment.

Your entry and what’s included:

  • A Branded event Mug
  • Free, downloadable event pictures.
  • a packet of wildflower seeds.
  • Cash prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers
  • Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, Fit Performance and Sports Injury Clinic and Vaga
  • Free future race places for all category winners

Full Details »

Forest Bathing - Winter Solstice (Yule)


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 December 2022

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter forest as the sun sets. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself, the elements and nature. We learn how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as 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.

Full Details »

Christmas Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 December 2022

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a Christmassy night time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some magical clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route. We can keep an eye out for Santa, use star maps to identify the constellations, or enjoy a cloudier night with a completely different perspective. Tea, coffee, & hot chocolate will available at the end.
 

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome (not appropriate for young puppies due to walk length).

Please come dressed for the weather, while we are hoping for clear skies that will mean cold temperatures! And the Cumbrian weather can also offer many other things.  Boots or trail shoes are recommended. Santa hats etc very welcome!

Full Details »

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