Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Setmurthy is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us
Setmurthy , Cockermouth , Cumbria,
Sat Nav Postcode: CA13 9SQ
By Car

From Cockermouth: Leave the town via Castlegate Drive passed the hospital and secondary school. Take the first turn left after the school and follow signs to the golf course and Higham. After about 1.5 miles you will find the main entrance to the forest.  There are several parking areas further along the road with access to the forest.

From the A66 East: Turn right at Dubwath A66 Junction and follow signs for The Lakes Distillery, then Higham Hall and then Setmurthy. Climb up the hill past the entrance to Highham Hall and onto the ridge. After about 1 ½ miles you will pass several parking laybys with access into Setmurthy.

OS Grid Ref

54.670354916138, -3.3028832111905

Parking and prices

Setmurthy offers on road parking near to the entrance. Please park considerately. 

When parking in the laybys look out for vehicles travelling fast along the public road past the parking areas.

There are no parking charges at Setmurthy.

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?

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed

Contact details

Explore Setmurthy, a beautiful woodland close to the market town of Cockermouth

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.

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Horse riding 
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Setmurthy offers an enjoyable gravel forest road link, to and from the bridleway between Cockermouth and Isel. There are no waymarked trails.

The forest roads can be accessed at a couple of points on the southern edge of the forest where the forest roads meet the public road.

No permit is needed to ride at Setmurthy. 

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Setmurthy offers a network of forest roads and permissive paths through mature mixed woodland and along a ridge with views to the north.

There is also a popular connection to the ridge bridleway over Watch Hill, which is a great platform to view the expansive panoramas across the north-western & western fells. 

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