Roadworks in Braithwaite village 3 Jan-7 Feb. Diversion signed via Cockermouth however most vehicles can bypass the closure more simply by taking next exit off A66, take minor road past Braithwaite school and rejoin Whinlatter pass road by Royal Oak. - Roadworks details on County Council website
Siskins Café is now closed. Café Ambio opens 4th February (catering trailer only). Expected cafe reopening date 17 February.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Winter Opening Hours

The car park, trails and toilets are open every day unless severe weather results in closures.  Updates on any unplanned closures will be posted on our social media and website homepage.

Visitor Information & Forest Shop

Open daily 10am to 4pm


Siskins Cafe

3 January onwards - CLOSED

Cafe Ambio opens 4 February 2023 (catering trailer - expected cafe reopening date 17 February).


Open daily 10am to 5pm:


Go Ape

TreeTop Adventure open weekends only through until 13 February.

Forest Segway closed until 20th March. Full details at


Main car park and toilets open 8.30am to 8.30pm.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest.


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles


Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref

54.609302817099, -3.2285938439344

Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.
The main car park is open 8.30am -8.30pm

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times to all vehicles.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.50
All day £8.00

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area

Contact details

Activities at Whinlatter Forest

mountain biker on downhill trail
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Whinlatter
Adults running along forest path
Fitness and wellbeing activities at Whinlatter Forest
Forest Bathing at Whinlatter-1
Forest bathing in Whinlatter Forest
Tawny owl sat in hollow of tree looking content
Forest Find | Whinlatter Forest
Woman doing yoga in the forest
Forest Fit4Life at Whinlatter Forest
Go ape forest segway Whinlatter
Go Ape Forest Segway at Whinlatter
A man smiling whilst travelling through a treetop rope bridge with net sides
Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Treetop Adventure Plus at Whinlatter
Gruffalo orienteering activity pack on the grass
Gruffalo Orienteering at Whinlatter Forest
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Whinlatter
Alpacas looking majestic on sunny day in Whinlatter Forest
Guided alpaca walks at Whinlatter
Three horse riders in high vis in the forest
Horse riding at Whinlatter
Whinlatter family biking
Mountain bike orienteering at Whinlatter
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at Whinlatter
Whinlatter park run start
parkrun at Whinlatter
Picnic table within bluebells
Picnics at Whinlatter
Running on a dog friendly trail
Running trails at Whinlatter
Man and woman observing the texture of a tree
Sensory Walk at Whinlatter Forest
A family interacting with a Superworm interpretation board
Superworm trail at Whinlatter Forest
Whinlatter Forest Tramper Hire with a view
Tramper hire and trail at Whinlatter Forest
Walking trail at Whinlatter Forest
Walking trails at Whinlatter
A boy on a wooden climbing frame smiling at the camera with trees in the background
WildPlay trail at Whinlatter
Child adding stickers to a Zog pack
Zog activity trail at Whinlatter

Nearby forests

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.

You may also see red squirrels in the wood throughout the year.

Autumnal landscape with lake and mountains in background

Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, come and discover all that Grizedale has to offer!

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.

View of Pillar from Blengdale Forest viewpoint

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.

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