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Whinlatter Forest, Lake District

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest. Whinlatter Forest boasts dramatic views and unique landscapes - both of which can be soaked up on our all-terrain Forest Segways.

Two brand NEW high ropes activities have also been unveiled this year. There's our classic Treetop Adventure, designed for kids and younger families. And for the intrepid explorer, Treetop Adventure Plus, for those who are after something a little trickier.

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Treetop Challenge will be back with a brand new course that'll surprise and excite.

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Winding your way through Thornwaite Forest en route to Whinlatter Forest Park - you’ll get a sense of what awaits you. It’s a breath-taking journey as you travel higher and higher, heading up into the clouds. Be prepared - this World Heritage Site delivers incredible views across the hillsides, forest and fells.

If you felt like you were heading into the sky on the way in, just wait until you hit the high platforms. Savour the feeling of space and mountain air as you travel from treetop to treetop. It’s a pretty special experience from our Forest Segway too, with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick.

If you’re a keen cyclist then you’re going to love Whinlatter Forest which has been described as ‘putting the mountain back into biking’.

It’s home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District and also has a mountain bike orienteering trail.

As well as hitting all the thrill-seeking buttons, Whinlatter delivers big on the family fun too. Hit the WildPlay trail which has nine different play zones or for younger children, there is a fairy kingdom, with secret path and hidden carvings.

Location Overview

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  • Dogs welcome

  • Parking

  • Kids play area

  • Bike hire

  • Cycle trails

  • Walking routes

  • Food and drink

  • Picnic Area

Go Ape Whinlatter, Whinlatter Forest Park Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TW

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WHINLATTER forest: Things to do

Know Before You Go

  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure.

  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.

Make A Day of It

  • Hire a bike and explore the forest on one of the three cycling trails.
  • Bring your walking boots or trainers – there are nine walking trails.

  • Check out the Visitor Centre nestcam for footage of the Ospreys.

  • Grab a drink and a bite to eat at Siskins Café. 

Go Ape is taking adventure to new heights in the Lake District

We've applied for two thrilling developments at Whinlatter Forest, which will replace the Treetop Challenge high-ropes course and also add two new long zip wires. Elevating our adventure offerings in the beautiful Whinlatter Forest will contribute positively to both tourism and the economy of this fantastic area.


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