Activities at Whinlatter

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Whinlatter
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Forest open 7 days a week. Summer opening times for facilities as below

Please see our Christmas opening hours here.


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
How to find us

How to find us

How to find us
Forestry Commission visitor centre, 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

By Public Transport

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

54.609369, -3.230322

Parking and Prices

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.

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

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour £2.00
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Number of disabled parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter

Find out more information about hiring the Tramper /all-terrain mobility scooter at Whinlatter Forest in partnership with Lake District Mobility.

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre
Additional roadworks in Cockermouth are extending the diversion so an alternative route is to follow signs for Lorton from the A66 which then re-joins the diversion. Be aware this is a minor road so please take extra care if using this route.

Activities at Whinlatter

mountain biker on downhill trail
Cycling and Mountain Biking trails
Go ape forest segway Whinlatter
Go Ape! Forest Segway at Whinlatter
Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure at Whinlatter
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Whinlatter
Highway Rat Activity Trail
Highway Rat Activity Trail at Whinlatter
Whinlatter family biking
Mountain Bike Orienteering

James & The Giant Peach forest adventure kit
My Forest Adventure at Whinlatter
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at Whinlatter
family enjoying a picnic in the woods
Picnics and barbecues at Whinlatter
Family picking their Christmas tree
Real Christmas Trees at Whinlatter
Running on a dog friendly trail
Running trails
Walking trail at Whinlatter Forest
Walking trails
Whinlatter forest play area
WildPlay Trail
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