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Whinlatter Forest

Grid Ref: NY 208245

Forest walks and mountain bike trails high on fells between Keswick and Lorton.More on the Altura trail and Whinlatter biking.

Whinlatter Forest visitor centre

Planting first started after the first world war to combat the timber shortage. Whinlatter Forest has had considerable investment in order to turn it into a recreational resource with many waymarked woodland paths.

Grisedale Pike from Whinlatter Forest
Picture by Ann Bowker

The Visitor Centre is the ideal place to start a visit. In the centre you will find an audio-visual presentation in Cumbrian dialect, a working model depicting the life of a working forest, a badger sett you can walk through, a book and gift shop and a restaurant. The shop sells a guide to the forest, showing the fourteen miles of road suitable for walkers and cyclists, as well as many other paths for walkers. There are some spectacular views across the fells and forests of Northern Lakeland.

Keswick and Derwentwater from Whinlatter Forest

For children there is a forest playground, and junior trails that start and end at the visitor centre.

Children’s play area

A video has been produced in conjunction with the Forestry Commission, which tells the story of the Forests of the Lakes - one of this century\\\\\\\'s great Lakeland industries. Stunning wildlife footage of red squirrels and deer in their wild habitats, the foresters who protect and enhance those habitats and the craftsmen who work deep in the forest. The video is available from \\\\\\\'Striding Edge\\\\\\\'.

Osprey Sculpture outside the visitor centre

Mr Badger in his sett

Osprey Nest outside the visitor centre

Part of the children’s play area

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