Please read our guidance about what to expect when visiting and check which sites are still closed - Guidance and closures
Whinlatter Forest car parks re-open Saturday 16 May. Please note however that GoApe, our cafe, bike hire, play areas and Gruffalo trails will remain closed for now. Our toilet facilities are very limited.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Dawn until dusk 7 days a week. The main car park is open 9am - 5pm.

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

54.6047044, -3.2369404

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 9am-5pm

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.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
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
Disabled parking available
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

Toilet facilities are limited. Our information points, visitor centre, shop and play areas are closed. 

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Activities at Whinlatter Forest

People enjoying Nordic Walking in the forest
Nordic Walking at Whinlatter
mountain biker on downhill trail
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Whinlatter
Tawny owl sat in hollow of tree looking content
Forest Find | Whinlatter Forest
Go ape forest segway Whinlatter
Go Ape Forest Segway at Whinlatter
Family on Go Ape tree top adventure
Go Ape Tree Top Challenge at Whinlatter
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Whinlatter
Alpacas looking majestic on sunny day in Whinlatter Forest
Guided alpaca walks at Whinlatter
Horse riding at Whinlatter
Horse riding at Whinlatter
Whinlatter family biking
Mountain bike orienteering at Whinlatter
Contents of the my forest adventure kit on the forest floor
My Forest Adventure 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 and barbecues at Whinlatter
Running on a dog friendly trail
Running trails at Whinlatter
Walking trail at Whinlatter Forest
Walking trails at Whinlatter
Whinlatter forest play area
WildPlay trail at Whinlatter
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