School visits to Whinlatter

Discover the secrets of Whinlatter with your class

Situated 1,000ft above sea level, Whinlatter offers a fantastic range of curriculum linked activities for all ages within England's only mountain forest. Located in the northern Lake District, Whinlatter is five miles west of Keswick and within an hour's drive of Penrith, Whitehaven and Carlisle. 

A classroom with no walls

The living, breathing forest is a versatile learning space, with room to think and space to explore. 

Plan sensory exploration or wildlife and habitat spotting with younger children. Older children can see how ecosystems work, undertake field studies or explore the science behind the tree lifecycle.

Learning in a forest is also a practical way to immerse your class in a range of subjects. Spark students' imagination by delivering a lesson on any topic, using the setting as inspiration.  

Discover sustainable forest management in action

We grow, shape and care for forests, managing landscapes for people, wildlife and timber production.

At Whinlatter, you'll see what sustainable forest management is, and why it's so important, through hands-on activities.

How to visit Whinlatter as a class

A girl is examining a tree trunk in a forest

Everything you need to know about organising a class trip to Whinlatter.

A group of children look closely at a log being held by a uniformed ranger in the forest.

Forestry England and our learning partner, Wild Things at Whinlatter, can deliver a range of inspiring educational experiences.

A girl wearing a harness, on part of a Go Ape treetop course

Treetop adventures for Key Stage One and above.

A green yurt pictured in a clearing amongst trees in the forest

Book our forest yurt for your own learning space in the forest. Contact Wild Things at or phone 07738969838