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image for Forest or Woodland item typeDodd Wood at Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre

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Nature Trail, free entry

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest


Dodd Wood, near Whinlatter Forest, towers high above Bassenthwaite Lake providing unrivalled views of Derwentwater to the south and to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway, especially from the summit. Dodd Wood offers attractive and varied way marked trails from a central car park with picnic areas, the Old Sawmill tearoom and toilets. Dodd Wood is also the location for the open-air view point for the Bassenthwaite Ospreys, open Apr - Aug. The viewpoint offers visitors the opportunity to see these magnificent birds in their natural environment, fishing on the lake and perching on or near to their nest.

Please note, Dodd Wood is at a separate location with the following address:

Dodd Wood
CA12 4QE

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

Opening details

In Summer the cafe is open daily from 10am until 5pm. In Winter the cafe is closed from early December until early February. Please call for more information


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