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Whinlatter Forest Keswick

(Cumbria)

Near Penrith

Highest Go Ape in the country at 360 metres above sea level.

It’s so high you can see all the way to Scotland. Enjoy a Tree Top Adventure with us in our beautiful forest, riding zip slides through skies, over water and in England’s only true mountain forest. We’re sure you’ll love the spectacular views of the Lake District.

Swinging through the canopy, wiping out at the bottom of zip wires and going on an adventure brings people together like nothing else we’ve ever seen. It really does. We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

A great idea for a day out in the North Lakes (and home to Bassenthwaite ospreys), this is Go Ape at its most untamed.

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Whinlatter is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter (from 24th March), Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Mondays and Fridays).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Whinlatter Forest Keswick.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 89 metres
  • Longest Crossing 24 metres
  • Total Length 601 metres
  • Number of Crossings 39
  • Highest Point 14 metres

The Team at Whinlatter

The Address

Go Ape Whinlatter
Whinlatter Forest Park
Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick
Cumbria, CA12 5TW

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 54.60929190, -3.23019500

Get directions

By car

Follow the A66 until Braithwaite and then follow Visitor Centre signs to Whinlatter Forest.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

The car parking charges are as follows;
Up to 1 hour = £1.70, Up to 2 hours = £3.40, Up to 4 hours = £5.60, All day = £7.30. Minibus = £10

 

 

By bus

Bus routes 77/77a operate between Keswick and Whinlatter Forest.

These are not operating at present - keep your eyes peeled.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Whinlatter Forest is home to many exciting outdoor activities: awesome mountain biking, an exciting wild play area, oh and there's a cafe if you're after a coffee and a cake.

The lakes are England's largest National Park - trust us, it's worth exploring and the Lake District National Park will give you hints and tips on where to go.

There's plenty of things to do in Cumbria. Just check out Visit Cumbria to find out more. Oh why not check the Keswick Guide.

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England - well worth a visit.

Whinlatter Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

The Rheged Centre - Take a break from your break whatever the weather! Relax with the family at our 3D cinema, pottery painting workshop and play areas. Browse our rather special shops, enjoy a bite to eat, visit an exhibition in our gallery or take time for a treatment in the spa. Open daily, free entry and parking.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended...

Inside Out Camping in Borrowdale

The Lakeland Cottage Company - A choice of 90 luxury Lake District cottages including properties near to Keswick

Campsites and holiday parks near Keswick

Croft House Holiday Cottages

Ravenstone Lodge B&B

Sally's Lake District Cottages

Hidden River Cabins

Skiddaw View Holiday Park

Feedback from Whinlatter Forest Keswick

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Jade - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 May 2015
Brilliantly situated! Fabulous staff! Amazing course! Loved the Tarzan swings and zip lines.
Rated 5 Bananas Martin - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 May 2015
I was really looking forward to our Go Ape experience but my wife was apprehensive, believing us to be too old at 62. No problem at all. Our instructor was excellent and made the whole process very clear, adding that if, after the very first section either of us felt it wasn't for us we could end there and get a refund. He was there to advise when we needed him and there was always someone around to help if we got into trouble. As it turned out, we both had a marvellous time, even if it took us a lot longer than the young folk around us. My wife is afraid of heights but said that she was too busy remembering the safety procedures (easy enough once you get into the swing - pardon the pun!) and making the crossings to really notice how high we were. There are five seperate sections and you can do them all or miss one if you feel it is too demanding, as indeed my wife did at one point. We were really amazed at what we were able to do and thrilled to have managed it. Would recommend the experience to anyone.
Rated 4 Bananas Geoff - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 May 2015
Excellent day was had by all of our party of 12. Thankyou
Rated 5 Bananas Matthew - Zip Trekking Adventure, on 6 May 2015
Been to 2 different Go Ape sites now in the last 4 weeks, 2 different experiences, 2 great days out, can't wait to make it 3
Rated 5 Bananas Barry - Tree Top Adventure, on 27 April 2015
Great fun had by all
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