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Whinlatter Forest Keswick


Near Penrith

Highest Go Ape in the country plus NEW 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 Sam - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 December 2015
The staff were very approachable and friendly which helped to ease my nerves. Really enjoyed the experience and would definitely go again. Thank you.
Rated 5 Bananas Vicky - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 November 2015
Fantastic experience, Thank you
Rated 5 Bananas michael - Tree Top Adventure, on 26 November 2015
We visited on a day when it had snowed and we were the first to traverse the course. As the staff were having problems with the safety pulleys which had jammed due to the cold weather we ere late starting however the staff explained why and this was not a problem. the briefing was fine and informative. the staff kept their eye on my self and daughter as we went round due to the cold snowy conditions underfoot which meant we had to be especially carful. however this just added to our experience. The course was great and staff very good. no problems.
Rated 5 Bananas Kurt - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 November 2015
The whole experience was great. We even did it in the snow and although it was a bit chilly, we loved it. Would recommend this to anyone!!
Rated 5 Bananas Merryn - Forest Segway, on 9 November 2015
The staff were fantastic, really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The course through the trees was just right, ups and downs but nothing too challenging. My son has autism and my youngest daughter (12) was a little tentative at first but your staff were brilliant and we encountered no problems on the route.Not a criticism, but it was a little expensive and as we had to book for a Saturday, we were not able to take advantage of the 15% off, offer. We will certainly return when able (we live on the Isles Of Scilly) and I suspect we'll go for the tree top challenge next time (simply because it lasts a lot longer.A wonderful afternoon and thankyou again to your wonderful staff.
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