Whinlatter Forest Walking Routes
Whinlatter, just up the hill from the village of Braithwaite, is England's only true Mountain Forest. It rises to 790 metres above sea level and offers amazing views of the Lake District and into Scotland.
Owned by the Forestry England, Whinlatter is home to a number of graded walks through the forest on marked trails. There are plenty of opportunities for cycling on forest tracks and on specialist trails. It is easily reached by car, bus or bike via the village of Braithwaite. There is now a special bike bus to take you and your bike up to Whinlatter.
The forest is a great haven for wildlife and a popular haven for a number of birds, the most famous of which are the Osprey. Live pictures of the Osprey can be seen in the Visitor Centre when they are nesting.
A children's play area gives youngsters the opportunity to experiment and explore the natural environment. Delights include a giant Archimedes Screw, secret doors in trees hiding surprises and a series of pulleys and buckets to move millions of little pebbles.
For those over the age of ten there's a treetop adventure playground called Go Ape! It's a high level journey along bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet in the trees. All you need is a head for heights and lots of energy.