Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Covid 19 Update

  • The car park, toilets and trails are all open
     
  • Forest shop and visitor information open
  •  
  • Cyclewise bike hire and shop are open 
     
  • Siskins café open for takeaway and outdoor table service
     
  • Go Ape -  Forest Segway and TreeTop Adventure open for pre-booked sessions

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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Guided Alpaca Walks

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Alpacaly Ever After's mission is to rehome alpacas and llamas from all over the country and give them a wonderful new home with the very best of care, while bringing people in touch with the landscape and the natural world through outstanding alpaca and llama experiences, accessible to all and surrounded by the beauty of the Lake District World Heritage Site.

Alpacaly Ever After are delighted to be working with us to bring their world famous alpaca walks to Whinlatter Forest! Trail through England’s only true mountain forest, get to know our delightful alpacas up close along the way, take part in feeding time and ask as many questions that you can think of!


Meditation & Mindfulness in the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lakeland wellbeing to offer weekly mindfulness & meditation session in the forest.

Spending time in nature has many positive benefits including improving your mood, helping with relaxation and reducing stress & anxiety.

During these sessions, Jen from Lakeland Well-being will guide you through meditation and mindfulness activities which will help to clear your mind and improve your focus.

You can join Jen for a one-off session or make a regular booking to really ensure you have time for you. The sessions run every Friday from 9.30 - 11am. 
 


Whinlatter Run Club

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A fun and friendly running based group session, to build your confidence, skill, speed, and enjoyment of trail running.  Each session will be different, with meet points anywhere between Whinlatter Forest and Keswick. Some weeks we will throw in a few running based strength and core exercises too!     We run/walk for up to an hour, and all abilities can be catered for. Get in touch if you are not sure!

Every Tuesday 6pm


Forest Fit

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Enjoy a fun filled fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest Park.  We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.    All abilities welcome.  Pre-booking essential due to restricted numbers.

Every Wednesday. 


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.  The group 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. The route is approximately 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. If you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid 19 please do not come on the ride.


Sunset & stars walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk  through the forest, to enjoy views of the sunset, see some nature and wildlife, maybe some stars, or just enjoy the peace of the forest in the evening.  We will cover up to 6 miles, at a gentle pace with time to stop and just enjoy the sights and sounds.


Forest bathing, celebrating Beltane (May Day) - energise and inspire!

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing in the forest to celebrate the Celtic festival Beltane (May Day) with forest bathing, connecting with nature to energise and inspire!


Wild Deer Whinlatter forest trail runs 5k & 10k

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Wild Deer  are very excited to bring you this fantastic new event in May. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions however we will have to considerably limit the number of athletes running.

The 5km runners will set off from 9am, the 10km runners will set off from 10am.

We expect extremely high demand for these places due to the fabulous location which should attract trail runners from across Cumbria. All runners will receive a wooden medal, a More Mile technicalt-shirt & a beer or soft drink at the finish. Please be aware that Whinlatter is a testing venue for running with a number of climbs in each distance, the views are most definitely worth it though! 


Family adventure walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.


Family adventure walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.


Spring Forest Healing Retreat

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Lakeland Wellbeing & Wild & Green in our beautiful Forest for a grounding, nurturing and healing May retreat including Forest Bathing, forest yoga, making a botanical creation, tea ceremony and vegan cake. 

The retreat will begin with Forest Bathing led by Jen. Immersing yourself in the forest is a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind & deeply connect with the natural environment. Slowing down your body & mind allows you to switch off from the pressures of life and simply 'be' at one with nature. 

Jen will guide you through a series of mindful invitations to connect with yourself & the forest. Exploring how the forest supports physical & emotional health. The Forest Bathing will culminate in a traditional tea ceremony with vegan cake and sharing reflections with a group of like minded people to create a sense of friendship & connection. 

Alex from Wild & Green, will then intuitively lead you through immersive yoga practice with nature based meditation, breathwork & asana. Followed by a creative botanical experience connecting nature and all your senses, with a focus on seasonality and an eco-friendly, zero waste philosophy. You will be inspired to create a beautiful and unique botanical piece of art with meaning, which is in tune with your surroundings and your blissful retreat experiences. 


Family adventure walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.


Family adventure walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a Dark Skies guided walk at Whinlatter!  We will cover 3-4 miles, and hopefully be able to enjoy amazing starscapes (weather permitting!), as well as appreciating the beauty of the forest at night.


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Covid 19 Update

  • The car park, toilets and trails are all open
     
  • Forest shop and visitor information open
  •  
  • Cyclewise bike hire and shop are open 
     
  • Siskins café open for takeaway and outdoor table service
     
  • Go Ape -  Forest Segway and TreeTop Adventure open for pre-booked sessions

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.

Guided Alpaca Walks


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
27 August 2020 - 31 December 2021

Alpacaly Ever After's mission is to rehome alpacas and llamas from all over the country and give them a wonderful new home with the very best of care, while bringing people in touch with the landscape and the natural world through outstanding alpaca and llama experiences, accessible to all and surrounded by the beauty of the Lake District World Heritage Site.

Alpacaly Ever After are delighted to be working with us to bring their world famous alpaca walks to Whinlatter Forest! Trail through England’s only true mountain forest, get to know our delightful alpacas up close along the way, take part in feeding time and ask as many questions that you can think of!

Full Details »

Meditation & Mindfulness in the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 August 2020 - 27 August 2021

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lakeland wellbeing to offer weekly mindfulness & meditation session in the forest.

Spending time in nature has many positive benefits including improving your mood, helping with relaxation and reducing stress & anxiety.

During these sessions, Jen from Lakeland Well-being will guide you through meditation and mindfulness activities which will help to clear your mind and improve your focus.

You can join Jen for a one-off session or make a regular booking to really ensure you have time for you. The sessions run every Friday from 9.30 - 11am. 
 

Full Details »

Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 April - 28 December 2021

A fun and friendly running based group session, to build your confidence, skill, speed, and enjoyment of trail running.  Each session will be different, with meet points anywhere between Whinlatter Forest and Keswick. Some weeks we will throw in a few running based strength and core exercises too!     We run/walk for up to an hour, and all abilities can be catered for. Get in touch if you are not sure!

Every Tuesday 6pm

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 April - 29 December 2021

Enjoy a fun filled fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest Park.  We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.    All abilities welcome.  Pre-booking essential due to restricted numbers.

Every Wednesday. 

Full Details »

Whinlatter Whoosh


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
25 April 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.  The group 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. The route is approximately 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. If you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid 19 please do not come on the ride.

Full Details »

Sunset & stars walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
01 May 2021

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a guided walk  through the forest, to enjoy views of the sunset, see some nature and wildlife, maybe some stars, or just enjoy the peace of the forest in the evening.  We will cover up to 6 miles, at a gentle pace with time to stop and just enjoy the sights and sounds.

Full Details »

Forest bathing, celebrating Beltane (May Day) - energise and inspire!


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
01 May 2021

Join Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing in the forest to celebrate the Celtic festival Beltane (May Day) with forest bathing, connecting with nature to energise and inspire!

Full Details »

Wild Deer Whinlatter forest trail runs 5k & 10k


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
08 May 2021

Wild Deer  are very excited to bring you this fantastic new event in May. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions however we will have to considerably limit the number of athletes running.

The 5km runners will set off from 9am, the 10km runners will set off from 10am.

We expect extremely high demand for these places due to the fabulous location which should attract trail runners from across Cumbria. All runners will receive a wooden medal, a More Mile technicalt-shirt & a beer or soft drink at the finish. Please be aware that Whinlatter is a testing venue for running with a number of climbs in each distance, the views are most definitely worth it though! 

Full Details »

Family adventure walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 May 2021

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.

Full Details »

Family adventure walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 May 2021

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.

Full Details »

Spring Forest Healing Retreat


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 May 2021

Join Lakeland Wellbeing & Wild & Green in our beautiful Forest for a grounding, nurturing and healing May retreat including Forest Bathing, forest yoga, making a botanical creation, tea ceremony and vegan cake. 

The retreat will begin with Forest Bathing led by Jen. Immersing yourself in the forest is a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind & deeply connect with the natural environment. Slowing down your body & mind allows you to switch off from the pressures of life and simply 'be' at one with nature. 

Jen will guide you through a series of mindful invitations to connect with yourself & the forest. Exploring how the forest supports physical & emotional health. The Forest Bathing will culminate in a traditional tea ceremony with vegan cake and sharing reflections with a group of like minded people to create a sense of friendship & connection. 

Alex from Wild & Green, will then intuitively lead you through immersive yoga practice with nature based meditation, breathwork & asana. Followed by a creative botanical experience connecting nature and all your senses, with a focus on seasonality and an eco-friendly, zero waste philosophy. You will be inspired to create a beautiful and unique botanical piece of art with meaning, which is in tune with your surroundings and your blissful retreat experiences. 

Full Details »

Family adventure walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 June 2021

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.

Full Details »

Family adventure walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 June 2021

Join JAG Outdoors for a mini adventure.  We will provide challenges along the route and a chance to stop for a drink and snack while trying to identify mountains, trees, even learn some simple map skills!

Fun for big and small kids alike.

Full Details »

Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
02 October 2021

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a Dark Skies guided walk at Whinlatter!  We will cover 3-4 miles, and hopefully be able to enjoy amazing starscapes (weather permitting!), as well as appreciating the beauty of the forest at night.

Full Details »

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