Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter Forest is managed by Forestry England and is a great day out for all ages. Head to the Visitor Centre and main car park to start your visit.

The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, taking you to up to viewpoints across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike. 

If you’re looking for adventure, try the mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning setting. The red grade Altura Trail has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina.The blue grade Quercus Trail is single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps, wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders.The Gorse Cycle Trail is a waymarked 10km route, sticking mostly to well-surfaced forest roads and takes you to the best parts of the forest and explores the quieter corners of Whinlatter at Noble Knott. Why not try an orienteering challenge which explores the forest by using a combination of forest roads and parts of the Quercus mountain bike trail. Navigate your way between control points to score as many points as possible in a fixed time.

Two waymarked running trails provide stunning scenery, a higher calorie burn, and increased mental well-being. The 5km and 10km marked trails at Whinlatter make running through the forest more accessible, so you can feel confident to just hit the trails and enjoy all the benefits of being active outdoors.

The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. There are also two children's discovery trails, to help explore the forest - maps available from the Visitor Centre.

Swing through the trees on the Go-Ape tree top course with zip lines, nets, rope ladders and swings to negotiate. Or if heights aren't your thing Go Ape Forest Segways are the best fun you can have off-road, on two eco-friendly wheels, without having to pedal.

A Tramper,  is available to hire from the Visitor Centre.  This all-terrain mobility scooter enables visitors to enjoy a beautiful forest trail with spectacular views.  The Tramper is managed in partnership with Lake District Mobility. Please call the Visitor Centre to find out more, 017687 78469.

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

There are also family events held in the forest over the year - check website for up to date information.

The Visitor Centre and Shop sell forest maps and a range of locally sourced products. Siskins Café offers home cooked food while Cyclewise, the onsite bike shop, hires out bikes as well as selling bikes and kit, and offering a range of bike skills and training courses.

  • 9 walking trails
  • Running Trails
  • 3 cycling trails plus mountain bike orienteering
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape Tree Top Trek
  • Go Ape Forest Segway 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Picnic areas
     

Location

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and main car park is just west of Keswick and is signed from the A66. Take the B5292 Whinlatter Pass and the Visitor Centre is 3 miles from the turn.

Other Forestry England car parks are available along the Whinlatter Pass, giving access to some of the walking routes and bike trails.

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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!


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


Introduction to trail running

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Gain confidence in trail running, with a fun and friendly group session. We will talk about technique, breathing, when to walk etc all while enjoying a steady paced route through the forest. No experience needed, just a sense of adventure, appropriate clothing and some running shoes (trail trainers recommended).

Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers recommended


Summer solstice forest bathing - vitality & abundance

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with forest bathing, tuning in to the vitality and abundance of nature!

Exploring the beautiful Whinlatter Forest you will be guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

Together the group will explore how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


Whinlatter Wainwright walks

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Ever wondered what lies beyond the trees of Whinlatter? There are a number of beautiful hummocky fell tops - several of which make the cut into Alfred Wainwrights famous list.

Join us on an easy paced walk up and over the Wainwrights that the forest grows on. We will be out for up to 6 hours and will return to the Visitor Centre at the end.

Please bring sufficient food and clothing for the conditions - an advised kit list will be sent out nearer the date. 

Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers recommended


Mindful Running with JAG Outdoors & Lakeland Wellbeing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Do you find yourself totally in your head when out running? Or find it a chore? Perhaps you’ve fallen out of love with running or finding it hard at the moment...

Mindfulness can create joy in running, helping us to connect with our bodies and practice awareness and gratitude for ourselves and the nature around us. It can also help you focus on good technique, knowing how to run effectively and being aware of how you are moving can boost your performance and reduce the likelihood of developing an injury

It is a brilliant technique to learn if you have fallen out with running, or want to learn how to stay present and in the zone on an ultra (or any!) run.

Jen, Mindfulness coach, and Jo, Run Leader and PT, will lead you on an easy paced run, with lots of stops to explore mindfulness and running techniques.

The event will last approximately 90 minutes, with running no more than 5-10 mins at a time.

Final details will be sent out a few days before the event.Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers preferable but not essential
For more information contact JAG Outdoors


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese art of forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Experience and learn the Japanese art of Forest Bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter Forest as you're guided  through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

You will explore how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as we engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


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 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest bathing on international forest bathing day

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate International Forest Bathing Day with Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing here at beautiful Whinlatter Forest. You will be guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature. Exploring how the forest supports physical and emotional health, as you engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.


DexShell Hell in the fells

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Keswick Mountain Festival to bring to you DexShell Hell In The Fells. This ride is a 72km route that takes in some of the most breath-taking gravel routes in the North Lakes and takes riders around the flanks of Skiddaw, the shores of Bassenthwaite and the trails  here at Whinlatter, providing outstanding viewpoints across this spectacular part of the Lake District National Park

The 72km packs a punch with a cumulative ascent of 2032 metres and each participant who completes the course will be given a classification based on their finishing time: Gold – Finishing time less than 4 hours, Silver – Finishing time less than 5.5 hours, Bronze – Finishing time less than 7 hours. 


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


Forest bathing - autumn equinox celebration

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox (Mabon) here at the beautiful Whinlatter Forest as the light and dark are held in balance. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature, focusing on gratitude and for our own and nature's harvest, preparing for the dreaming season of winter ahead.

You will explore how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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 7am


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 7am


Forest Fit 4 Life

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.


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.


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 7am


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 7am


Halloween (Samhain) forest bathing

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

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

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


Forest Runner

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


Winter solstice forest bathing & fire ritual

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

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

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

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

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


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England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter Forest is managed by Forestry England and is a great day out for all ages. Head to the Visitor Centre and main car park to start your visit.

The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, taking you to up to viewpoints across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike. 

If you’re looking for adventure, try the mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning setting. The red grade Altura Trail has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina.The blue grade Quercus Trail is single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps, wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders.The Gorse Cycle Trail is a waymarked 10km route, sticking mostly to well-surfaced forest roads and takes you to the best parts of the forest and explores the quieter corners of Whinlatter at Noble Knott. Why not try an orienteering challenge which explores the forest by using a combination of forest roads and parts of the Quercus mountain bike trail. Navigate your way between control points to score as many points as possible in a fixed time.

Two waymarked running trails provide stunning scenery, a higher calorie burn, and increased mental well-being. The 5km and 10km marked trails at Whinlatter make running through the forest more accessible, so you can feel confident to just hit the trails and enjoy all the benefits of being active outdoors.

The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. There are also two children's discovery trails, to help explore the forest - maps available from the Visitor Centre.

Swing through the trees on the Go-Ape tree top course with zip lines, nets, rope ladders and swings to negotiate. Or if heights aren't your thing Go Ape Forest Segways are the best fun you can have off-road, on two eco-friendly wheels, without having to pedal.

A Tramper,  is available to hire from the Visitor Centre.  This all-terrain mobility scooter enables visitors to enjoy a beautiful forest trail with spectacular views.  The Tramper is managed in partnership with Lake District Mobility. Please call the Visitor Centre to find out more, 017687 78469.

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

There are also family events held in the forest over the year - check website for up to date information.

The Visitor Centre and Shop sell forest maps and a range of locally sourced products. Siskins Café offers home cooked food while Cyclewise, the onsite bike shop, hires out bikes as well as selling bikes and kit, and offering a range of bike skills and training courses.

  • 9 walking trails
  • Running Trails
  • 3 cycling trails plus mountain bike orienteering
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape Tree Top Trek
  • Go Ape Forest Segway 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Picnic areas
     

Location

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and main car park is just west of Keswick and is signed from the A66. Take the B5292 Whinlatter Pass and the Visitor Centre is 3 miles from the turn.

Other Forestry England car parks are available along the Whinlatter Pass, giving access to some of the walking routes and bike trails.

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!

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 June 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 June 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 June 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Introduction to trail running


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 June 2021

Gain confidence in trail running, with a fun and friendly group session. We will talk about technique, breathing, when to walk etc all while enjoying a steady paced route through the forest. No experience needed, just a sense of adventure, appropriate clothing and some running shoes (trail trainers recommended).

Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers recommended

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Summer solstice forest bathing - vitality & abundance


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
20 June 2021

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with forest bathing, tuning in to the vitality and abundance of nature!

Exploring the beautiful Whinlatter Forest you will be guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

Together the group will explore how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
22 June 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 June 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
23 June 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 June 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
30 June 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
30 June 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 July 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 July 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 July 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 July 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 July 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 7am

Full Details »

Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 July 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Whinlatter Wainwright walks


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
16 July 2021

Ever wondered what lies beyond the trees of Whinlatter? There are a number of beautiful hummocky fell tops - several of which make the cut into Alfred Wainwrights famous list.

Join us on an easy paced walk up and over the Wainwrights that the forest grows on. We will be out for up to 6 hours and will return to the Visitor Centre at the end.

Please bring sufficient food and clothing for the conditions - an advised kit list will be sent out nearer the date. 

Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers recommended

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Mindful Running with JAG Outdoors & Lakeland Wellbeing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 July 2021

Do you find yourself totally in your head when out running? Or find it a chore? Perhaps you’ve fallen out of love with running or finding it hard at the moment...

Mindfulness can create joy in running, helping us to connect with our bodies and practice awareness and gratitude for ourselves and the nature around us. It can also help you focus on good technique, knowing how to run effectively and being aware of how you are moving can boost your performance and reduce the likelihood of developing an injury

It is a brilliant technique to learn if you have fallen out with running, or want to learn how to stay present and in the zone on an ultra (or any!) run.

Jen, Mindfulness coach, and Jo, Run Leader and PT, will lead you on an easy paced run, with lots of stops to explore mindfulness and running techniques.

The event will last approximately 90 minutes, with running no more than 5-10 mins at a time.

Final details will be sent out a few days before the event.Wear clothes suitable for running outside & the weather
Trail trainers preferable but not essential
For more information contact JAG Outdoors

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
20 July 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

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
21 July 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
21 July 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
27 July 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

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
28 July 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
28 July 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 7am

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
03 August 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

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 August 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
04 August 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 7am

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
10 August 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

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
11 August 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
11 August 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 7am

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Shinrin-Yoku the Japanese art of forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
14 August 2021

Experience and learn the Japanese art of Forest Bathing in the beautiful Whinlatter Forest as you're guided  through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

You will explore how the forest supports our physical and emotional health, as we engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.

Full Details »

Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
17 August 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 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 August 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
18 August 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 7am

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
24 August 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

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
25 August 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
25 August 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 7am

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Whinlatter Run Club


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 August 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

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
01 September 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
01 September 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
08 September 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

Full Details »

Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
08 September 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 7am

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Forest bathing on international forest bathing day


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
11 September 2021

Celebrate International Forest Bathing Day with Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing here at beautiful Whinlatter Forest. You will be guided through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature. Exploring how the forest supports physical and emotional health, as you engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.

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DexShell Hell in the fells


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
12 September 2021

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Keswick Mountain Festival to bring to you DexShell Hell In The Fells. This ride is a 72km route that takes in some of the most breath-taking gravel routes in the North Lakes and takes riders around the flanks of Skiddaw, the shores of Bassenthwaite and the trails  here at Whinlatter, providing outstanding viewpoints across this spectacular part of the Lake District National Park

The 72km packs a punch with a cumulative ascent of 2032 metres and each participant who completes the course will be given a classification based on their finishing time: Gold – Finishing time less than 4 hours, Silver – Finishing time less than 5.5 hours, Bronze – Finishing time less than 7 hours. 

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 September 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
15 September 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 7am

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Forest bathing - autumn equinox celebration


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 September 2021

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox (Mabon) here at the beautiful Whinlatter Forest as the light and dark are held in balance. Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing will guide you through a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature, focusing on gratitude and for our own and nature's harvest, preparing for the dreaming season of winter ahead.

You will explore how the forest supports physical and emotional health, engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest through mindful walking and movement, breathing and sound meditations; opening our awareness and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
22 September 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
22 September 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 7am

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 September 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 7am

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Forest Fit 4 Life


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
29 September 2021

This 30-40 minute class is set at a lower intensity, in the great outdoors to offer benefits to both mental and physical health! Great for older adults, parents with buggies, anyone returning to fitness or who just wants to exercise at a lower intensity. This is not a postnatal or condition specific class - you should not be under medical supervision related to exercise and activity.

Walking/light jogging pace on good trails, with options for harder runs too. A range of exercises, with small equipment (as appropriate and following COVID guidance) on route will help to improve and maintain fitness, mobility, balance and strength. Buggies, dogs on leads, small children under control all welcome.

We will start at the Visitor Centre, and finish with the option to have a brew and chat in the cafe after.

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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.

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
06 October 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 7am

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Forest Fit


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
13 October 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 7am

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Halloween (Samhain) forest bathing


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
31 October 2021

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

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

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Forest Runner


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
07 November 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Winter solstice forest bathing & fire ritual


Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
19 December 2021

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

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

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

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

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