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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Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 


Breeze into the Forest

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all. We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet and gloves and clothes you are comfortable cycling in. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed. Coffee and Cakes is an option at the end of the ride at Siskins outdoor seating area. First-timers welcome! If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining. Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message on the rider's tab below.


Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 


Breeze into Whinlatter Forest for E-Bikes - Gorse Trail

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Ladies, if you have a love for the outdoors, enjoy riding a bike but feel daunted by the thought of struggling up hills then now is your chance to try cycling with a difference. Raich the Breeze champion for this ride says: I started cycling from a young age and loved it, a good thing in a county with little or no public transport. Then in 2003 I moved 8 miles from my place of work and decided to buy my first E-BIKE, it was fantastic, I was amazed how fit I became. I now have an extremely rare auto-immune disease which can leave me very tired so I have to pace myself sometimes I ride my normal bike other times my E-BIKE.


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


The ride is approx.. 5.7 miles riding on forest tracks with a very small section of road. Electric Mountain bikes or Electric hybrids with off-road tyres and a helmet are essential. This is the Lake District so please come dressed for our wonderfully unpredictable weather, a spare change of clothing is advisable as the route can get wet and muddy. A drink and a snack are also worth carrying as your energy may drop during the ride along with a spare inner tube just in case!


The forest is a magical place full of wildlife and car free tracks. Exploring it on a bike is great fun, a great way to improve your level of fitness, cycling skills and meet new like-minded people so come along and give it a go.
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.
We look forward to welcoming you on our rides. 


Whinlatter forest half marathon & 10k

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Can you conquer Whinlatter? A challenging trail 1/2 Marathon or 10k in our beautiful mountain forest. Both events have some tough climbs but the effort is worthwhile with some fantastic views over this part of the Lakes. Runners will be rewarded with a wooden medal, a buff or shoe bag, snacks and drinks. Entries are now open!


Full Moon Women's Circle - Strawberry 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.


Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 


Summer solstice forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the summer solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter Forest where Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself, the elements and nature. We learn how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.


Full 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.


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.


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. 


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.


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

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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.

Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 May 2022

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 

Full Details »

Breeze into the Forest


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
22 May 2022

This ride is for women who would like to ride on forest tracks at Whinlatter Forrest at a leisurely pace. This is a social, inclusive and supportive ride for all. We will be riding at the pace of the slowest rider so we don't leave anyone behind. Mountain bikes are essential for this ride and so is a helmet and gloves and clothes you are comfortable cycling in. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed. Coffee and Cakes is an option at the end of the ride at Siskins outdoor seating area. First-timers welcome! If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining. Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message on the rider's tab below.

Full Details »

Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
25 May 2022

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 

Full Details »

Breeze into Whinlatter Forest for E-Bikes - Gorse Trail


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
26 May 2022

Ladies, if you have a love for the outdoors, enjoy riding a bike but feel daunted by the thought of struggling up hills then now is your chance to try cycling with a difference. Raich the Breeze champion for this ride says: I started cycling from a young age and loved it, a good thing in a county with little or no public transport. Then in 2003 I moved 8 miles from my place of work and decided to buy my first E-BIKE, it was fantastic, I was amazed how fit I became. I now have an extremely rare auto-immune disease which can leave me very tired so I have to pace myself sometimes I ride my normal bike other times my E-BIKE.


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


The ride is approx.. 5.7 miles riding on forest tracks with a very small section of road. Electric Mountain bikes or Electric hybrids with off-road tyres and a helmet are essential. This is the Lake District so please come dressed for our wonderfully unpredictable weather, a spare change of clothing is advisable as the route can get wet and muddy. A drink and a snack are also worth carrying as your energy may drop during the ride along with a spare inner tube just in case!


The forest is a magical place full of wildlife and car free tracks. Exploring it on a bike is great fun, a great way to improve your level of fitness, cycling skills and meet new like-minded people so come along and give it a go.
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.
We look forward to welcoming you on our rides. 

Full Details »

Whinlatter forest half marathon & 10k


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 June 2022

Can you conquer Whinlatter? A challenging trail 1/2 Marathon or 10k in our beautiful mountain forest. Both events have some tough climbs but the effort is worthwhile with some fantastic views over this part of the Lakes. Runners will be rewarded with a wooden medal, a buff or shoe bag, snacks and drinks. Entries are now open!

Full Details »

Full Moon Women's Circle - Strawberry Moon


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 June 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 »

Easy Breezy Blue - Beginners Mountain Bike Ride


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 June 2022

This is a great women only ride if you have never mountain biked and want to see what it’s all about. It would also be good if you are returning to the trails after a break away or even if you fancy a more relaxing ride in the forest. We will be riding forest tracks and sections of the blue grade Quercus trail. Mountain biking is great fun and a good way to get fit, so come along and give it a go!

What to bring: A mountain bike, a hybrid with mountain bike tyres or a gravel bike with suitable tyres, a helmet and gloves are essential. Please ensure your bike is in good working condition. Check your gears and brakes at least the night before. If possible bring a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump. A drink for along the way & a snack if needed.

What to wear: It is a good idea to wear layers as it will be cold to start but you will warm up quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket if there is any chance of rain.

If you need to cancel your place it won’t be a problem just let us know before the ride so we are not waiting unnecessarily for you, especially if it’s raining.

Any questions or concerns about attending just give the ride Leader a quick message via the rider's tab.

 

Full Details »

Summer solstice forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 June 2022

Celebrate the summer solstice with forest bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter Forest where Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself, the elements and nature. We learn how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as we engage with the sights, sounds and smells through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a tea ceremony with freshly brewed forest tea.

Full Details »

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 »

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 »

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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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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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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