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Whinlatter Treetop Challenge is now closed whilst we build a set of exciting new and unique Go Ape courses. The re-opening date is Summer 2022. In the meantime, our Forest Segway's are available to book from 19th March (for anyone over 45kg/7 stone).

If you're looking for high rope courses in The Lake District, then check out Go Ape Grizedale (re-opening on Saturday 12th February), which features three fantastic high rope adventures.

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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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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. 

  • My son had an amazing time. Barry and Finn were great!


  • My daughter, wife and son went to Whinlatter Go Ape on Tuesday 11th September 2018, they decided to try the Segway tour this time after doing the treetops adventure last year. Their instructor was called Ellie and she did a wonderful job of making sure their group plus a father and son were all safe, included and having fun despite various differences. I believe everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed it and I know my family would love to visit again when we can.

    Mr Martin Suckling

  • Very helpful and enjoyable day.


  • I had a great time with Go Ape, Whinlatter. The staff were fantastic and explained everything really well. They also kept an eye on everyone from the ground, which helped me, as I was with my two children and trying to keep up! They didn't let them go too far ahead! The course was great and I loved the Tarzan swing. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is that we had to wait around 20 minutes beyond our 'slot' before being given harnesses and a talk about what to do - I think this was due to a large group ahead of us. It was a particularly cold and windy day and I was shivering (from cold!) before starting. I would absolutely go again and we all have our certificates proudly displayed at home now! Thanks Go Ape :-)

    Helen Jeffery

  • Excellent Challenge yourself

    jacqui pringle

  • Fabulous scenic location amongst the huge plantation trees with the mountains in the background, chap supervising us was very calm, friendly and patient, explained everything clearly which was great as my partner was slightly terrified about doing the course. Some great obstacles and the tarzan swing is awesome - plus if you don't take too long you can have a few more goes. Great cafe on site too (forestry commission owned) where you can sit and watch the wildlife just outside the window at the birdfeeders. Car parking is auto no. plate recognition so you just pay at the machine when ready to go (card or cash).

    Peter Gurney