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:
The trail starts down hill with sweeping intricate bends requiring hardly any peddling, then climbs up and bends and twists its way until riders come face to face with the Big Wall, a double banked bend within the forest. After climbing up through oak woodland the trail crosses a bridge and into the darker conifer forest. The trail finishes with the hollow sound of a raised board walk over a bog and through a mystical forest of towering conifers.
The Quercus Trail is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers with basic off-road skills and reasonable fitness. Unlike the Altura Trail there are easy routes around technical features such as berms and rock paving.
The trail is a 19 kilometre red grade mountain bike route which includes 15 kilometres of single track. There are challenging single track sections and popular features like berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and table tops. There are also fantastic views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Helvelyn and Skiddaw as the trail takes the rider to an altitude of 500m (1600ft) above Keswick.
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.
This new course will introduce young children to map reading, and encourage them to explore the forest on a trail based on the Gruffalo story. The route will take children to the Gruffalo sculpture as well as a new Gruffalo Child sculpture.
The 1.2 mile Gruffalo themed orienteering course is great family fun and is pushchair friendly.
Visit the information points along the way to find the answers to the trail questions. See if you can spot a red squirrel at one of the feeders along the way.
Don’t forget to go back to Visitor Centre when you’ve completed the trail to pick up your Squirrel Scurry badge!
From deer and badgers to foxes and red squirrels, the trail takes you on a journey to discover the wide variety of animals you might see at Whinlatter.
Head back to the Visitor Centre when you’ve completed the trail to collect your Tracks Trail badge.
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.
Visit the Go Ape website for more info
The Siskins Cafe normal opening times are 10am – 5pm all week. Siskins provides the visitor with great views of Grisedale Pike and sumptuous food. With an alpine style and outdoor eating area the café is a great place to relax and enjoy the mountain setting.
Consisting of nine separate play areas linked by a 600m-long trail, the Whinlatter WildPlay is a free to play trail.
Test your engineering skills on the Archimedes Screws and draw water from the stream or work with friends to move gravel using the pulleys and shoots in the gravel pit. Try out the climbing wall and giant timber climbing frame or fly through the air on the log swing. For the younger children, visit the fairy kingdom with its secret path and hidden carvings.