Cumbria Tourism Awards: Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012
England’s only true mountain forest, Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for everyone.
The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, giving you lovely views across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw, Grisedale Pike and to Helvellyn. It is home to the Lake District Osprey Project which runs from April to September as well as a range of other wonderful wildlife such as red squirrels, woodland birds and deer.
The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a unique play trail for children, with 9 different play zones to explore through the trees. If you're a mountain biker, try the Altura or Quercus trails, which make full use of the stunning mountain setting. Or if you’ve got a head for heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.
The team at the Visitor Information Centre can help you plan your day. Forest walking & cycling maps are available for purchase. Siskins Café offers home cooked food in a lovely setting, with great views of Grisedale Pike from its balcony. Cyclewise is the onsite bike shop and hires out bike as well as selling a range of bikes and kit, and running mountain bike training courses.
For more about the Lake District Osprey Project – visit www.ospreywatch.co.uk to find out the latest news on the ospreys that nest at Bassenthwaite Lake.
Trail maps can be downloaded from our downloads area here.