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.

The Visitor Centre is home to the Lake District Osprey Project from April to August each year, with an exhibition about the project and volunteers to help interpret the live camera pictures of the nest at Dodd Wood throughout the season.

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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Full Moon Women's Circle

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.


Mindful Nature walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This October Jen from Lakeland Well-being will be running a new Mindful Nature Walk event at Whinlatter Forest. Introducing simple mindfulness techniques to support everyone to be in the present moment, slowing down, connecting with and listening to our bodies, noticing the beauty of the natural world around us & breathing in the fresh clean forest air.

If you find seated mindfulness practice difficult then this could be for you. Learn how to mindfully connect with nature in stillness and on the move in this relaxing and immersive session. 


Meditation & Mindfulness in the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Mindful meditation in nature has many health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mood and boosting the immune system.
In this session Jen from Lakeland Well-being will gently guide you through several mindful meditation and nature connection practices to relax the body and calm the mind in a beautiful natural setting.

The walk will be approx 1 km at a slow pace. Moderate level of fitness required.


Halloween (Samhain) forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the energy of Halloween (or Samhain) with Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing here at beautiful Whinlatter Forest. Jen will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

Exploring how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony around the fire as the night falls.


Breeze into the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!


Dark skies festival dark skies walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival. Enjoy a walk through the forest as night draws in. We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. Star maps will be provided. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The route is 3-4 miles on good trails. We will have volunteers on hand to help manage the group, and they can help you return to your car early if you need too.

Come wrapped up for the weather, bring a flask or snacks if you want too. Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine. There will be a stop around half way, or enjoy a warm drink when you've finished.

All welcome, we've had people join us  from 6 months to over 6 decades. Very young children may find it a bit scary if not used to being outside in the dark.


Forest Runner

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Be a forest runner and join us in our new running series across the nation’s forests this autumn.

Whether you are a 5k Forest Runner or a 10k Forest Runner, choose your challenge and enjoy a run in some beautiful surroundings.

Taking place in England's only mountain forest, you're guaranteed a very hilly 10k, with over 1400 feet of elevation. This challenging 10k route presents some very testing climbs and you’ll soon warm up as you take in the first climb, up towards Beckstones. As you round the corner, a spectacular view emerges of Derwentwater, Keswick and the Skiddaw mountain range. Enjoy the long and flowing descent as you’ll be climbing again soon, passing Hallgarth ponds, to meet the bridleway. 

The next section is long and steep with a hardcore climb taking you to the summit of Seat How. At this point you should take a moment to pause and take in the magnificent views of the Lake District. From Seat How, the route takes you through a mixture of Scots pine and Sitka spruce ending with a final descent as you make your way back to the towards the visitor centre for a well-earned rest! 

Forest Runner events are managed in partnership with Events of the North.

Join in the conversation in the run up to the event using #ForestRunner.

 

 


Whinlatter Whoosh

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This is the ride for you if you would like to give mountain biking a go or are new to mountain biking and would like to ride at one of the Lake District trail centres.  Ride in a women only group round the Blue Route at Whinlatter.  We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind.  It will be the ideal opportunity for you to increase your confidence on trails.  Afterwards we can reward ourselves with cake in the cafe.

Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet.  You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea.  It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it.  As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable.  Approx 4.5 miles.

Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit so come along and give it a go.This ride will follow all current social distancing requirements and numbers on the ride are limited. I would ask that if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid 19 you do no come on the ride.

 

Free event, booking essential
Route approx 4.5 miles
Mountain bike & helmet essential
Dress for the weather
Bring a drink & snack
having a spare inner tube is advisable
A change of clothes is a good idea as the route can be wet & muddy
For more information contact Breeze Network Eden: breezenetworkeden@gmail.com


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, experience the wonders of the night sky and finish with hot chocolate and marshmallows around a camp fire. 

Please bring a torch and wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 


Dark skies festival trail run

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival.

Enjoy a guided trail run through the forest as night draws in. If you are a bit nervous about running in the dark, or just enjoy some company, join us in a head torch lit adventure.

We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The run will be at an easy pace, with a chance to enjoy the experience. The route will be tailored to the group on the night, but will last around 90 minutes with breaks. Stronger runners can complete extra loops or run backs at certain points if they wish. The route will be on various terrains including forest road, tracks and paths.

Come dressed for running in the weather we get on the night, with trail shoes recommended. Bring some water and/or snacks if you want to carry them. We recommend having an extra layer with you, and leaving a warm layer and a flask of hot drink back at the car in case its a cold/wet evening.

Head torches recommended, but any torch is fine. We do have a few that can be borrowed for £2.


Dark skies festival dark skies walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival. Enjoy a walk through the forest as night draws in. We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. Star maps will be provided. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The route is 3-4 miles on good trails. We will have volunteers on hand to help manage the group, and they can help you return to your car early if you need too.

Come wrapped up for the weather, bring a flask or snacks if you want too. Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine. There will be a stop around half way, or enjoy a warm drink when you've finished.

All welcome, we've had people join us  from 6 months to over 6 decades. Very young children may find it a bit scary if not used to being outside in the dark.


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, experience the wonders of the night sky and finish with hot chocolate and marshmallows around a camp fire. 

Please bring a torch and wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 


Breeze into the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!


Full Moon Women's Circle

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.


Breeze into the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!


Half Day Photography Taster Session with Steve Blake Photography

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

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

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied) and commence at 10am and 2pm. 


Half Day Photography Taster Session with Steve Blake Photography

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

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

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied) and commence at 10am and 2pm. 


Full Moon Women's Circle

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.


Winter solstice forest bathing & fire ritual

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice here at the beautiful Whinlatter Forest. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

The winter solstice celebrates the release of the dark and return of the sun as each new day grows longer. It holds a powerful energy for self-reflection, regeneration & renewal.

This will be a very special journey through the forest, offering  a deep connection with nature, time and space to reflect on the last year and let go of anything you no longer want or need. The group will follow mindful and sensory invitations, gentle inquiry and come together in circle as the night falls. 

A fire ritual is a wonderfully primeval and powerful experience!  There may be plenty of energy that you no longer want to hold on to and you can release this into the flames and then manifest what you want for 2022!


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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.

The Visitor Centre is home to the Lake District Osprey Project from April to August each year, with an exhibition about the project and volunteers to help interpret the live camera pictures of the nest at Dodd Wood throughout the season.

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.

Full Moon Women's Circle


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 October 2021

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.

Full Details »

Mindful Nature walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 October 2021

This October Jen from Lakeland Well-being will be running a new Mindful Nature Walk event at Whinlatter Forest. Introducing simple mindfulness techniques to support everyone to be in the present moment, slowing down, connecting with and listening to our bodies, noticing the beauty of the natural world around us & breathing in the fresh clean forest air.

If you find seated mindfulness practice difficult then this could be for you. Learn how to mindfully connect with nature in stillness and on the move in this relaxing and immersive session. 

Full Details »

Meditation & Mindfulness in the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 October 2021

Mindful meditation in nature has many health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mood and boosting the immune system.
In this session Jen from Lakeland Well-being will gently guide you through several mindful meditation and nature connection practices to relax the body and calm the mind in a beautiful natural setting.

The walk will be approx 1 km at a slow pace. Moderate level of fitness required.

Full Details »

Halloween (Samhain) forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 October 2021

Celebrate the energy of Halloween (or Samhain) with Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing here at beautiful Whinlatter Forest. Jen will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

Exploring how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony around the fire as the night falls.

Full Details »

Breeze into the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 October 2021

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!

Full Details »

Dark skies festival dark skies walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 November 2021

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival. Enjoy a walk through the forest as night draws in. We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. Star maps will be provided. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The route is 3-4 miles on good trails. We will have volunteers on hand to help manage the group, and they can help you return to your car early if you need too.

Come wrapped up for the weather, bring a flask or snacks if you want too. Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine. There will be a stop around half way, or enjoy a warm drink when you've finished.

All welcome, we've had people join us  from 6 months to over 6 decades. Very young children may find it a bit scary if not used to being outside in the dark.

Full Details »

Forest Runner


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 November 2021

Be a forest runner and join us in our new running series across the nation’s forests this autumn.

Whether you are a 5k Forest Runner or a 10k Forest Runner, choose your challenge and enjoy a run in some beautiful surroundings.

Taking place in England's only mountain forest, you're guaranteed a very hilly 10k, with over 1400 feet of elevation. This challenging 10k route presents some very testing climbs and you’ll soon warm up as you take in the first climb, up towards Beckstones. As you round the corner, a spectacular view emerges of Derwentwater, Keswick and the Skiddaw mountain range. Enjoy the long and flowing descent as you’ll be climbing again soon, passing Hallgarth ponds, to meet the bridleway. 

The next section is long and steep with a hardcore climb taking you to the summit of Seat How. At this point you should take a moment to pause and take in the magnificent views of the Lake District. From Seat How, the route takes you through a mixture of Scots pine and Sitka spruce ending with a final descent as you make your way back to the towards the visitor centre for a well-earned rest! 

Forest Runner events are managed in partnership with Events of the North.

Join in the conversation in the run up to the event using #ForestRunner.

 

 

Full Details »

Whinlatter Whoosh


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 November 2021

This is the ride for you if you would like to give mountain biking a go or are new to mountain biking and would like to ride at one of the Lake District trail centres.  Ride in a women only group round the Blue Route at Whinlatter.  We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind.  It will be the ideal opportunity for you to increase your confidence on trails.  Afterwards we can reward ourselves with cake in the cafe.

Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet.  You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea.  It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it.  As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable.  Approx 4.5 miles.

Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit so come along and give it a go.This ride will follow all current social distancing requirements and numbers on the ride are limited. I would ask that if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid 19 you do no come on the ride.

 

Free event, booking essential
Route approx 4.5 miles
Mountain bike & helmet essential
Dress for the weather
Bring a drink & snack
having a spare inner tube is advisable
A change of clothes is a good idea as the route can be wet & muddy
For more information contact Breeze Network Eden: breezenetworkeden@gmail.com

Full Details »

Nature's nightlife


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 November 2021

Join us for a magical guided evening walk through the forest. Listen out for owls, learn about the wildlife in the forest, experience the wonders of the night sky and finish with hot chocolate and marshmallows around a camp fire. 

Please bring a torch and wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

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Dark skies festival trail run


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 November 2021

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival.

Enjoy a guided trail run through the forest as night draws in. If you are a bit nervous about running in the dark, or just enjoy some company, join us in a head torch lit adventure.

We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The run will be at an easy pace, with a chance to enjoy the experience. The route will be tailored to the group on the night, but will last around 90 minutes with breaks. Stronger runners can complete extra loops or run backs at certain points if they wish. The route will be on various terrains including forest road, tracks and paths.

Come dressed for running in the weather we get on the night, with trail shoes recommended. Bring some water and/or snacks if you want to carry them. We recommend having an extra layer with you, and leaving a warm layer and a flask of hot drink back at the car in case its a cold/wet evening.

Head torches recommended, but any torch is fine. We do have a few that can be borrowed for £2.

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Dark skies festival dark skies walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 November 2021

Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival. Enjoy a walk through the forest as night draws in. We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. Star maps will be provided. We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The route is 3-4 miles on good trails. We will have volunteers on hand to help manage the group, and they can help you return to your car early if you need too.

Come wrapped up for the weather, bring a flask or snacks if you want too. Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine. There will be a stop around half way, or enjoy a warm drink when you've finished.

All welcome, we've had people join us  from 6 months to over 6 decades. Very young children may find it a bit scary if not used to being outside in the dark.

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Nature's nightlife


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 November 2021

Join us for a magical guided evening walk through the forest. Listen out for owls, learn about the wildlife in the forest, experience the wonders of the night sky and finish with hot chocolate and marshmallows around a camp fire. 

Please bring a torch and wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

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Breeze into the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 November 2021

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!

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Full Moon Women's Circle


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 November 2021

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.

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Breeze into the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
28 November 2021

Join Adele, a British Cycling Breeze Champion for this ladies only guided ride. The group will be riding sections of the Gorse Trail. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all,  riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. The ride begins at the start of the Gorse Trail, there is a steady climb up the hill but there will be places to stop and take in the views. We then begin our decent and enjoy the forest views and tracks. There is a small section of road and then we re-join the trail. The final decent to Revelin Moss then we head back to the Visitor centre on the short section through the forest.

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace.

Although this trail is not technical there are long gradual climbs and descents where a good standard of fitness and low gear ratios is beneficial.

We are always "willing to wait" if you felt daunted by that hill and needed to walk up instead. At the end of the ride coffee and cakes is always an option at the end of the ride. Siskins Café has an outdoor seating area.

Mountain bikes/Gravel bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet. You will also need to come dressed for the weather and a drink and a snack are also a good idea. It would also be good to carry a spare inner tube, just in case you need it. As the route can be wet and muddy, a spare change of clothing for after the ride is also advisable. Please do not attend the ride if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in your household who does or if you have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. Cancelling your place 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. All participants on a British cycling ride are now required to provide all their own equipment to comply with the government's self-sufficiency rules.

First-timers welcome!

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Half Day Photography Taster Session with Steve Blake Photography


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 December 2021

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

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied) and commence at 10am and 2pm. 

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Half Day Photography Taster Session with Steve Blake Photography


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 December 2021

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

These two hour workshops are suitable for all the family (children under 16yrs must be accompanied) and commence at 10am and 2pm. 

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Full Moon Women's Circle


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 December 2021

Celebrating and harnessing the energy of the full moon with mindful meditation, visualisation and manifestation, sharing with other women in a supportive and nurturing circle. This will be a sacred space to tell our stories, laugh, cry, and ‘be’ with each other in a confidential and safe environment. 

Tea ceremony and snacks provided. 

All you need to be is you! All you need to bring is yourself! (And a head torch, maybe a journal and some warm clothes)

This circle is for women. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.

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Winter solstice forest bathing & fire ritual


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 December 2021

Celebrate the energy of the winter solstice here at the beautiful Whinlatter Forest. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

The winter solstice celebrates the release of the dark and return of the sun as each new day grows longer. It holds a powerful energy for self-reflection, regeneration & renewal.

This will be a very special journey through the forest, offering  a deep connection with nature, time and space to reflect on the last year and let go of anything you no longer want or need. The group will follow mindful and sensory invitations, gentle inquiry and come together in circle as the night falls. 

A fire ritual is a wonderfully primeval and powerful experience!  There may be plenty of energy that you no longer want to hold on to and you can release this into the flames and then manifest what you want for 2022!

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