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Top Walks at Whinlatter Forest

Located in the Lake District, Whinlatter Forest is a woodland gem packed with breath-taking views, beautiful walks, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Whinlatter Forest is England's only true mountain forest, with an unrivalled landscape that has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

Managed by Forestry England, you'll find something to suit all interests and adventure levels at Whinlatter forest making it the perfect forest to escape the everyday hustle and bustle.

So lace up your hiking boots and let’s discover the natural beauty and adventure that Whinlatter Forest has to offer.

Childrens Trails

Tracks Trail Children's trail

A trail packed with wildlife.

Discover the diverse array of animals that call Whinlatter Forest home. From majestic deer to sneaky badgers, foxes to cute red squirrels, this hike is a journey of discovery. Set off on your adventure and see how many animal tracks you can spot along the waymarkers. This trail is the perfect way to explore the great outdoors and learn more about the creatures that live there. Who knows, you might discover a new favourite animal.

Trail Length: 1.25 miles (2 km)
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Squirrel Scurry Children's trail

Meet Teasel!

Are you ready to meet Whinlatter's most elusive resident? Join Teasel the Red Squirrel on a tour through the forest, where you'll learn all about these fascinating creatures and their habitat.
Follow the trail and visit the information points along the way to discover fun facts and answer intriguing questions. Keep your eyes peeled at the feeders, you might be lucky enough to spot a real-life red squirrel! It's a fun and educational experience for little ones and adults alike.

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WildPlay Trail

Calling all mini explorers!

Get your adventure on as you swing, slide, splash and climb at Forestry England’s WildPlay playground, with nine exciting play zones set in the beautiful mountain forest.
Test your engineering skills and learn something new as you play with the Archimedes Screws, pulleys and shoots in the gravel pit. Challenge yourself on the climbing wall and giant timber climbing frame or soar through the air on the log swing.

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Other Trails

Two Gills Trail

A beautiful landscape.

This scenic trail with a lake view is popular for its breath-taking views. It's a breeze to navigate, as it largely follows the forest road network, making it accessible to most.
As you journey along the trail, you'll cross both Black Gill and Comb Gill, and watch them meander down the mountain slopes towards the stunning Bassenthwaite Lake below. This hike is a feast for the eyes and the perfect way to explore the great outdoors.

Trail Length - 2.8km (1.75 miles)
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Guided Alpaca Walks

A walk with a furry twist.

Forestry England have teamed up with Alpacaly Ever After where they give their fluffy friends a fairy-tale ending! By rescuing alpacas and llamas from all over the country Alpacaly Ever After give them a new home filled with love and care.
But their mission isn't just about the animals, it's about connecting people with nature and the stunning Lake District World Heritage Site.

Imagine a hike through England's only true mountain forest, with these adorable creatures as your guide. Take part in feeding time and get to know them up close and personal. Feel free to ask as many questions as you can think of, these gentle giants love to be the centre of attention! It's a truly unique and unforgettable experience that will make you fall in love with these majestic animals.

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Seat How Summit Trail

An impressive circular walk.

This spectacular circular walk in Whinlatter Forest is packed with breathtaking views of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, as well as the majestic Skiddaw and Helvellyn mountain ranges - this trail is sure to impress. Seat How Summit Trail takes you on an adventure through forest and heather moorland, climbing to a dizzying 500m, revealing some of the hidden treasures of Whinlatter Forest.

Trail Length - 5.75km (3.5 miles)
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Comb Beck Trail

A history rich hike.

This picturesque hike that takes you off the beaten path. The trail winds through enchanting glades and alongside burbling streams, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As you follow Comb Gill, keep an eye out for historical gems like the ancient sheepfold and the disused dam, which once played a crucial role in powering the mines deep in the mountain. It's a hike that will transport you to a world of natural beauty and rich history.

Trail Length - 2.8km (1.75 miles)
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