Whinlatter Forest

There are a great many things to do in Whinlatter Forest.

Whinlatter is a very convenient location for Underscar members, as it’s only a 15 minute drive from the site. So it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for an easy day-out.


Ok, let’s move on to the fun stuff. Whinlatter is most popular for it’s mountain-biking, with trails suited to varied levels of difficulty. The mountain bike trails feature one Blue trail, and one Red trail with two separate loops. Both demand a certain level of endurance and fitness.

Whinlatter is the largest purpose-built trail park in the Lake District, so it’s a must if you’re a biker. The Blue trial is suitable for children based upon the skill of the rider. So this should be left to the judgement of the parent, guardian or carer. The Red trail however should be left to riders with a higher level of experience.

You can follow the link just here to gain information on the facilities available, trail grading information and much more.

For your convenience we have placed the descriptions of these trails just below:


Whinlatter is a great place for walking with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake , Derwentwater and Keswick and many miles of gravel roads, surfaced paths and tracks to explore.

Each junction is marked with a numbered post which is shown on the guide map making it easy to create your own route.

There are trails that accommodate for all levels of ability, so don’t worry, there’s no trail too long or too short.

You can download the walking map/guide here. You’ll find the document on the right-hand side of the page, you might need to scroll down a little.


If mountain-biking or walking doesn’t sound appealing, do not fear. There are many other family activities on offer at Whinlatter Forest that everyone will enjoy. We have listed some alternative activities below that we think you might like. You can also follow the link just here, to visit the Whinlatter website containing the full variety of activities available.