Whinlatter Forest boasts the interesting position as the only true mountain forest in the whole of the UK. It is managed by the Forestry Commission who ensure there are always events to enjoy as well as plenty of rarely explored woodland to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Whinlatter Forest offers a fantastic day out with most tourists beginning at the Visitor Centre. Walking trails take you throughout the forest, with something to suit people of all abilities and there are plentiful opportunities to take in wonderful views such as points where you can look out across both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, or even up to Skiddaw. The Whinlatter Forest visitor centre is home to the Lake District Osprey Project so there is the chance to watch the live webcam of osprey in the nest.
A Must for Mountain Bikers
Whinlatter Forest is home to the longest purpose-built mountain biking trails in the whole of the Lake District. Bikers won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy these fantastically structured trails designed to show off the scenery and pose a great challenge. Whinlatter is home to both the Altura and Quercus bike trails. The Altura Trail takes you up high and gives you the chance to look down across the area. The Quercus Trail is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers and offers a choice of 7.5km or 3.5km routes, there are climbs and twists but it is considered a less challenging route than the Altura Trail.
Fun Attractions for the Family
Enjoy locally sourced produce at the shop next to the visitor centre and head out amongst the trees for fun for the whole family. The Gruffalo Spotter app is a fantastic download from the Forestry Commission and as you enjoy the woods with younger family members they can look out for their favourite characters from Julia Donaldson’s award-winning classic.
The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is designed for children of all ages with nine individual play areas which take them up through the trees, along climbing walls, into water features and beyond. For older travellers, there is also the Go-Ape tree top course, which has both straightforward and challenging routes to take.
The Forestry Commission are great for offering events throughout the year to keep visitors of all ages satisfied so it is worth checking out their website regularly for any special happenings in Whinlatter Forest.
Not far from Keswick, Whinlatter Forest is easily accessible and has a large car park for your convenience.