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  • VistEngland VAQAS

Visitor Centre, free entry

Altura trail south loop

Altura trail south loop


Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest and visitor centre provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone.
Start at the visitor centre where the staff will give information and help plan your day. Enjoy some retail therapy in the forest shop or sample the home made food at Siskins café, eating out on the balcony whilst viewing the woods, red squirrels and woodland birds.
For children, the Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a fantastic 600m long trail with 9 different play zones. Try the climbing wall or giant timber climbing frame, the archimedes screw to move water uphill and the fairy kingdom with its secret path. Whinlatter is great for walking, with miles of waymarked trails that start near the Centre. There are suitable walks for people of all abilities, which take in spectacular views across the fells and forests.
The forest also offers excellent mountain biking, with the red-graded Altura trail and blue Quercus trail. If you've never tried orienteering, Whinlatter's permanent orienteering course is the perfect place to start.
The Bassenthwaite Ospreys can be seen live from their nest on the giant screen in the exhibition or in their natural environment from the Dodd Wood open air viewpoint (April - Aug).

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted


Free entry

Car parking charge only.


Whinlatter Pass,
CA12 5TW


Plan route to Whinlatter Forest and Visitor Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 225241  Lat: 54.60610 Long: -3.20130

From Keswick: Take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Visitor Centre Sign Posts.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 26 miles from Penrith station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted