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Whinlatter Forest Park


Near Keswick

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 ( 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, 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 Park.

  • 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;
£1.60 1hr
£3.20 2hrs
£5.30 4hrs
£6.90 All Day



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 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 Park

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 Karen - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
My favourite bit was them taking my harness off at the end! I still can't believe I actually did it! it was kind of enjoyable but I was past myself at the same time! However the kids had a blast, my son was 3cm over the height limit yet still struggled to reach some of the lines to clip himself on, so I would advise if your child is around the height limit of 140cm to have a parent behind them to make sure they are clipped on. Some people behind were a little inconsiderate wanting to rush through the experience which I didn't understand as it is not a cheap family day out (couple of hours) so why rush? take your time and make the experience last. As I say, I can't decide whether I enjoyed it or not LOL but I am proud of myself and my kids for completing it! Go on try it!
Rated 5 Bananas BEV - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
I visited with our family of 6 we have children aged 10,11, 12 & 14 the older two children managed the course no problem although the younger two struggled. I think that if there was the Junior Tree Top facility at Whinlatter that this would definitely be utilised by the amount of children that visit. All in all though the three of us that completed the course had an amazing experience it was just a shame the course was not a little bit longer!!! Thanks
Rated 5 Bananas STEVEN - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
I visited with my family & the course looked amazing on arrival the only issue I had was that we have children who are aged 10, 11, 12 & 14 the two older children managed the course with my wife no problem but I struggled with the younger two children. If you had the junior tree top facility at Whinlatter I definitely think this would be more of an advantage for younger children.
Rated 5 Bananas Mark - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2014
Each section offered different challenging activities that finished in a zip wire that was both thrilling and great fun. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to release some adreneline.
Rated 5 Bananas Michelle - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2014
Challenging but fun course and very safe. Comprehensive safety talk. I felt confident to have a go. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Great experience. Thank you.
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