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Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest

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Forest or Woodland, free entry



Whinlatter Pass,
CA12 5TW


Whinlatter is home to a wealth of wildlife that enjoy the shelter provided by its trees, the nearby waters of Bassenthwaite Lake and the open heathland habitats of the Lakeland Fells. Use the network of walking trails to explore the forest.

The forest is home to Roe deer, badger, fox, Crossbills and Siskin whilst the fells are the hunting ground for Buzzard and Merlin.

Whinlatter is a Red Squirrel reserve where Red Squirrels are actively being protected and supported. If you walk quietly you may see a red squirrel anywhere in Whinlatter.

You can see many different birds using the feeders in front of Siskins Cafe at Whinlatter.
The fish of Bassenthwaite Lake are the favourite food of Ospreys which nest in Dodd Wood each year from April to August. The ospreys can be seen live from the open air viewpoints in Dodd Wood and there is visitor information on the ospreys at Whinlatter Visitor Centre. In addition an otter family can sometimes be seen playing around the lake edge from the lower open air viewpoint in Dodd Wood.

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

Children welcomeDogs accepted

The visitor centre, shop and Siskins cafe open 10.00 - 17.00 in summer and 16.00 in winter (November to Easter).

Open all the time


Free entry


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • 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
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The visitor centre, shop and Siskins cafe open 10.00 - 17.00 in summer and 16.00 in winter (November to Easter).



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 A66 follow brown tourist signs west of Keswick. Public transport, 77, 77A

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 26 miles from Penrith station