Whinlatter Forest has a network of walking trails to suit all ages and abilities, which offer some breathtaking views over Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and across the Helvellyn and Skiddaw ranges.
All of our trails are graded, from easy to strenuous, so there is something for everyone, and don’t worry, all paths are signed and road junctions numbered, so with a guide map, so it’s easy to find your way around. Have a chat with our friendly Visitor Centre team, and they will give you more advice to help you choose the most suitable route.
For more information on our waymarked trails click below or trail maps can be downloaded from our downloads area here.
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From Noble Knott car park
This way marked trail starts from Noble Knott car park and takes you through the newly replanted areas in Masmill Oakwood. It was built by volunteers from the Friends of Whinlatter group, who also did the replanting work. The 2.5km trail is moderate feature numbered posts, as well as an information panel, all crafted from storm-damaged Masmill oak. The posts are inset with a poetic, thoughtful or humorous verse from writers, philosophers and conservationists who cherished the natural environment.
The moderate 2.5km trail takes you through mature oaks alongside Masmill Beck before climbing through coniferous woodland then returning through an area of mixed trees.
This short moderate route is 2km long and winds through the ancient oaks at Noble Knott, taking in some fabulous vies of Bassenthwaite Lake.
From Revelin Moss car park
An easy, 1.6km trail, suitable for all abilities which gives some great views of Grisedale Pike. The trail starts from Revelin Moss car park.
From the main visitor centre car park
This moderate 2.8km trail largely follows the forest road network and crosses both Black Gill and Comb Gill as they flow down the mountain slopes to Bassenthwaite Lake below.
Staying mainly off the forest roads but still graded moderate, the trail winds through glades and beside streams. Look out for the ancient sheepfold and disused dam, which once provided a source of power for mining in the area.
This is a strenuous 5.75km circular walk, climbing to 500m at the summit. You’re rewarded with spectacular views of the lakes and mountains.
Children’s Activity Trails
We've also got permanent children's activity trails to help younger visitors explore the forest and the wildlife that lives within it. All trails should take around an hour to complete. Call in at the Visitor Centre to buy your trail map - choose from the Squirrel Scurry or Tracks Trail.
Buy a map from the visitor centre to start your journey and follow Teasel the Red Squirrel around the trail to learn more about Whinlatter's red squirrels. Visit the information points to find the answers to the trail questions and see if you can spot a red squirrel at one of the feeders along the way. Don't forget to go back to visitor centre when you've completed the trail to pick up your Squirrel Scurry badge! 10p from each map sold goes towards red squirrel conservation projects
Buy a map from the visitor centre to start the trail and see how many animal tracks you can identify on the waymarkers along the trail. From deer to badgers and foxes to red squirrels, the trail takes you on a journey to discover the wide variety of animals you might see in Whinlatter. Head back to the visitor centre when you've completed the trail, to collect your Tracks Trail badge.