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Whinlatter Forest Keswick


Near Penrith

Highest Go Ape in the country plus Forest Segways

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.

And you can get off road and enjoy our epic forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway – an awesome segway experience in the Lakes with a down to earth twist.

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 (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 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 SARAH - Tree Top Adventure, on 29 May 2016
I was nervous but the instructor calmed my fears. I enjoyed the tube where you crawl through, tibenian crossing, and all zip lines best. The one I struggled with was the ropes in a V shape.... But I did it!! My husband enjoyed all of it but especially any of the step ones and zip lines best. I had a wobble after Stage 3 but persevered. I'm so glad I did cos you feel so proud of yourself.
Rated 5 Bananas Caren - Tree Top Adventure, on 23 May 2016
It was a great day despite the initial rainy weather. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming. I was very nervous but was fully reassured following the safety brief and talking to the staff. The staff were professional at all times and helped make the day excellent. All four members of the party had an amazing time thank you.
Rated 5 Bananas Adrian - Tree Top Adventure, on 23 May 2016
Excellent all round, though a touch privet. Perhaps parking should be included in the ticket price?
Rated 5 Bananas Ali - Tree Top Adventure, on 18 May 2016
First time for me and my tribe...excellent service even though we were slightly late for our booking (typical lads!) One of our tribe is partially sighted so the support we got for him as well was brilliant, he felt so comfortable and confident because of the brief! Some of the tribe have already been again withing two weeks of going!!
Rated 5 Bananas Suzanne - Tree Top Adventure, on 18 May 2016
Really interesting that in the briefing you get people to read and try the different connections and it is not until after that that the instructor demonstrates. I can see how this works in a learning sense - you really listen to the instructor because you want to confirm your own experience. Very clever. It is great that the instructors linger about while you are on course. I like that someone is keeping an eye on my safety and it is also good to have someone to ask questions about technique. At the end I was given some tips on how to zip without spinning so I went back and gave it a go and love that it worked. This aspect of learning really enhanced my experience (I am passed the stage of just being happy that I have completed the various obstacles). Favourite obstacles: the one where you just sit in your harness and pull on the rope because it just feels pleasant, walking the pole or spaced steps with no hands because I am amazed that I can. Least favourite: tunnel crawl because it's uncomfortable for the knees. Would like to see: things I need to tackle elsewhere when hiking or on via ferrata like 2 wire bridges and tivolean traverse (sorry I know I've got that word wrong - where you hang underneath by your hands and lower legs). Obstacles that need extra strength or agility and signpost them as such.
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