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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Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Full Moon Women's Circle - Buck 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 and maybe a journal. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.


Wild Wellbeing Retreat

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

The ultimate relaxation day for nature lovers! calm ~ connection ~ creativity Feel all your worries dissolve away as you are held and nurtured, connecting with nature and the seasons in this restorative and energising retreat day in the forest. I'm teaming up with Alex from Wild Soul www.wildandgreennature.com to offer this gentle day of forest bathing, earth yoga and creation of a beautiful seasonal wreath. Includes vegan cakes, forest tea & all creative materials.


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Family Forest Bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This mindful and fun group family session in the forest is tailored to younger children. We focus on fun and sensory nature based activities and games to keep little people mindful and engaged, whilst allowing adults a bit of relaxation and chill out time in the beautiful forest environment.

This lovely experience supports you to connect with nature and each other. We close with a tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows) with an opportunity for reflection and sharing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Family Forest Bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This mindful and fun group family session in the forest is tailored to younger children. We focus on fun and sensory nature based activities and games to keep little people mindful and engaged, whilst allowing adults a bit of relaxation and chill out time in the beautiful forest environment.

This lovely experience supports you to connect with nature and each other. We close with a tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows) with an opportunity for reflection and sharing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Full Moon Women's Circle - Grain 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 and maybe a journal. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way. 


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese Art of Forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to relax the body, calm the mind and boost our immune system.

You will be gently guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself 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.


Bank holiday forest fit bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Kick start your bank holiday celebrations with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest!  All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level. We will be outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

We recommend bringing an old gym mat or towel or similar for some exercises which will be floor based.


Forest Fit Bootcamp

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 


Dark Skies Guided Trail Run

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Not confident running in the dark - especially off-road? Want to run as part of a relaxed group?  As part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival we are promoting the joy of trail running at night.

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a couple of hours run/jog/walking through the beautiful trails and tracks at Whinlatter.  We will be running by the light of a head torch. Route will be adapted to group ability, allowing faster runners to add distance if they wish, but will generally be between 5 and 10km.

No trail running experience needed but we ask you can run/walk 5km in around an hour. Post run snacks provided!

Well behaved dogs welcome.  Any junior participant must be at least 14 and fully under the care of their accompanying adult.


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.


Dark Skies Guided Trail Run

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Not confident running in the dark - especially off-road? Want to run as part of a relaxed group?  As part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival we are promoting the joy of trail running at night.

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a couple of hours run/jog/walking through the beautiful trails and tracks at Whinlatter.  We will be running by the light of a head torch. Route will be adapted to group ability, allowing faster runners to add distance if they wish, but will generally be between 5 and 10km.

No trail running experience needed but we ask you can run/walk 5km in around an hour. Post run snacks provided!

Well behaved dogs welcome.  Any junior participant must be at least 14 and fully under the care of their accompanying adult.


Dark Skies Walk

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.


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

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.

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 July 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 - 14 July 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Full Moon Women's Circle - Buck moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 July 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 and maybe a journal. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way.

Full Details »

Wild Wellbeing Retreat


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 July 2022

The ultimate relaxation day for nature lovers! calm ~ connection ~ creativity Feel all your worries dissolve away as you are held and nurtured, connecting with nature and the seasons in this restorative and energising retreat day in the forest. I'm teaming up with Alex from Wild Soul www.wildandgreennature.com to offer this gentle day of forest bathing, earth yoga and creation of a beautiful seasonal wreath. Includes vegan cakes, forest tea & all creative materials.

Full Details »

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
20 - 21 July 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
27 July 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
03 August 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Family Forest Bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 August 2022

This mindful and fun group family session in the forest is tailored to younger children. We focus on fun and sensory nature based activities and games to keep little people mindful and engaged, whilst allowing adults a bit of relaxation and chill out time in the beautiful forest environment.

This lovely experience supports you to connect with nature and each other. We close with a tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows) with an opportunity for reflection and sharing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Full Details »

Family Forest Bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 August 2022

This mindful and fun group family session in the forest is tailored to younger children. We focus on fun and sensory nature based activities and games to keep little people mindful and engaged, whilst allowing adults a bit of relaxation and chill out time in the beautiful forest environment.

This lovely experience supports you to connect with nature and each other. We close with a tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows) with an opportunity for reflection and sharing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Full Details »

Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
10 August 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

Full Details »

Full Moon Women's Circle - Grain Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 August 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 and maybe a journal. Please join if you identify as a woman in any way. 

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Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
17 August 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

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Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese Art of Forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
20 August 2022

Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to relax the body, calm the mind and boost our immune system.

You will be gently guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself 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.

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Bank holiday forest fit bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 August 2022

Kick start your bank holiday celebrations with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest!  All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level. We will be outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

We recommend bringing an old gym mat or towel or similar for some exercises which will be floor based.

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Forest Fit Bootcamp


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 August 2022

Get Wednesdays off to a great start with a fun, friendly, fitness kick in the forest! Enjoy a fun-filled, varied fitness session in the beautiful surroundings of Whinlatter Forest. We will make use of the spaces, terrain and features of the forest to strengthen your mental and physical health.

Each week will be different - with a range of exercises, individual and group challenges, and activities. All abilities welcome, and we offer lots of adaptations to make sure you can work hard at your level.We will be moving around outdoors in the forest, so bring waterproofs, or suncream, or whatever the weather dictates.

Each session lasts approx 50 minutes.

Well behaved dogs on leads, buggies, walking poles etc all welcome.  Enjoy a well deserved post exercise brew in the cafe. 

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Dark Skies Guided Trail Run


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
28 October 2022

Not confident running in the dark - especially off-road? Want to run as part of a relaxed group?  As part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival we are promoting the joy of trail running at night.

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a couple of hours run/jog/walking through the beautiful trails and tracks at Whinlatter.  We will be running by the light of a head torch. Route will be adapted to group ability, allowing faster runners to add distance if they wish, but will generally be between 5 and 10km.

No trail running experience needed but we ask you can run/walk 5km in around an hour. Post run snacks provided!

Well behaved dogs welcome.  Any junior participant must be at least 14 and fully under the care of their accompanying adult.

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Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 October 2022

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.

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Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 November 2022

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.

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Dark Skies Guided Trail Run


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
05 November 2022

Not confident running in the dark - especially off-road? Want to run as part of a relaxed group?  As part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival we are promoting the joy of trail running at night.

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a couple of hours run/jog/walking through the beautiful trails and tracks at Whinlatter.  We will be running by the light of a head torch. Route will be adapted to group ability, allowing faster runners to add distance if they wish, but will generally be between 5 and 10km.

No trail running experience needed but we ask you can run/walk 5km in around an hour. Post run snacks provided!

Well behaved dogs welcome.  Any junior participant must be at least 14 and fully under the care of their accompanying adult.

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Dark Skies Walk


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 November 2022

Join Jo from JAG Outdoors for a night-time walk in the forest! We will cover up to 4 miles and hope for some crisp clear skies and lots of stars to explore at various points along the route.  If the stars don’t appear, we will still enjoy a beautiful experience walking through the forest and enjoying the peaceful trails, enhanced sounds, and the “dark” sky scenery.

If we are gifted with stars, as an amateur astronomer, I can help you find the main constellations and using star maps you can work out more, or just enjoy a peaceful moment under the stars.
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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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