There are currently some forest operations in Blengdale. We will be harvesting an area below Ponsonby Fell - More details here
This forest is currently closed due to the recent storm. We hope to be open as soon as possible.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Blengdale Forest offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us
Blengdale Forest, Seascale ,
Sat Nav Postcode: CA20 1EB
By Car

A595 West coast road to Gosforth then follow the minor road through Gosforth towards Nether Wasdale. At junction in Wellington follow public footpath north north west into the forest.

Despite not having a gate on the main forest road through the forest, you should not drive through the wood. There is no parking available at the forest, please park near the entrance or in Gosforth and walk.

By Public Transport

By Train - Nearest station at Seascale 5km west of Blengdale. 

OS Grid Ref
NY089064

54.445089640093, -3.4055894948731

Parking and prices

Despite not having a gate on the main forest road through the forest, you should not drive through the wood. There is no parking available at the forest, please park near the entrance or in Gosforth and walk.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Contact details

Visit one of the crown jewels of West Cumbria, near Gosforth

Discover a variety of outdoor experiences at Blengdale Forest, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads. 

From the highest points, Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshment stop off in Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies, famous throughout Cumbria.

At a glance: 

  • Walking trails 
  • Stunning views 
  • Dogs welcome 

Nearby forests

Ennerdale lake

Lying on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park, Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK!

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria, Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbrian valleys. There is a sense of tranquility, self-will and wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia.

Reservoir

Cogra Moss is a beautiful enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermouth Angling Association.

The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide you with great access around the reservoir in a loop.

For the more adventurous, the walk up onto the top of Blake Fell is harder but provides fantastic views of the northern lake district fells, Scotland, the Solway Coast and Isle of Man.

Beech trees

It is enjoyed by walkers, runners, horse riders, schools and nature enthusiasts.

Please note: there is a network of unofficial mountain bike trails at Setmurthy that Forestry England does not endorse.

Dodd Wood from Bassenthwaite Lake

Dodd Wood is a fantastic place to get some stunning views of the northern Lake District. The network of walking trails will take you deep into the woodland and walk to the top of Dodd Summit for views across the fells.

See the magnificent Bassenthwaite ospreys from the specially designed viewpoints from April to September. The Lake District Osprey Project provides protection for the birds and interpretation for visitors.

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