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Whinlatter Forest Park

(Cumbria)

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 (...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, 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 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 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 Gayle - Tree Top Adventure, on 18 April 2014
This was a great day out with my 13 year old Son. having already taken part at Grizedale- I think Whinfell is soo much better. I found this course had my adrenaline racing far more than when I had done Grizedale 8 years ago, (maybe as I'm getting older, I'm turning into a bigger Wimp-Who knows?) but was more scary but fun challenge & was a nice experience to do with my son-who loved it!! Staff were very friendly and helpful. Met up with my sister and 3 year old afterwards and went for a lovely walk in the forest so 10/10 all-round. A very happy day and one I will definitely repeat :)
Rated 5 Bananas Kirsteen - Tree Top Adventure, on 17 April 2014
I had intended visiting Go Ape Whinlatter with a friend of mine as I am not very good with heights, unfortunately at the last moment it was just me! Happily though, upon arriving I managed to join in with a group of people (some of which I knew) and this made the experience much more bearable. I really am not good with heights but I was doing the course in order to push myself ... I certainly succeeded at that. After the joking, but serious, safety briefing you are then let loose on the course. There is the option of chickening out if you decide perhaps it's not for you after the initial run through at low level and you will be refunded your money. I thought I was doing okay, so, onwards and upwards I went. Literally. I think I had my serious concentrating face on all the way round. Although I did have a laugh with someone in the group as he managed to keep making the platform I was waiting on sway as he was negotiating the obstacle. Overall, I'm pleased I pushed myself and didn't take any of the easier options that are available. Would I do it again ... perhaps with my kids as they are now all old enough :D I'd definitely bring a mate so they can distract you if you're of the nervous disposition
Rated 4 Bananas john - Tree Top Adventure, on 9 April 2014
The chance to try your acivities FoC was an excellent offering to local people. Having experienced this I am more able to advise visiting tourists as to the experience they are likly to have. Also having desinged and run ropes challenge courses for many years in outdoor centres, I was impressed by thhe level of risk participants were allowed to take and the responsibility given to them for their own safety. I also liked the consistent repitition of the safety systems used. Well done.
Rated 5 Bananas Fiona - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 April 2014
Staff brilliant and friendly and really enjoyed the course we all had so much fun. Great for the grown ups to have some fun instead of it always being the kids. All helped by the fact that it was a free day for locals....so thanks loads and it does work have been recommending you to loads of other locals.
Rated 5 Bananas Alex - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 April 2014
Excellent great day out
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