- Lovely walking above the trees
- Interesting forestry section
- Views over the Keswick area
1,696 ft. For most of the fells in the Lake District the walker is king, on Whinlatter he is not. Cycle tracks criss cross the forest section to such an extent that walkers are even banned from certain paths … for their own safety. However this should not deter the walker as, once out of the forest, the broad summit ridge is very pleasant. Whinlatter itself is quite a community, the Forestry Commission have done a good job encouraging visitors and Go Ape have added some rope ladders and walkways through the trees which are very popular.
The information centre has a tea shop and there is plenty of parking and if this all seems a bit comercialised that is probably right. However the walk through the forest which starts the walk offers something different and once on the fell there is plenty to keep the walker interested. The views over Keswick and up to Grisedale Pike offer a different perspective than the usual whilst the Solway Furth and the Scottish hills around Dumfries appear to be only a short distance awy. Whinlatter is different but full of interest none the less.
Recommend: A mecca for mountain bikers, some steep rides make it challenging/fun for all those prepared to try.
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|OS Map:||O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map|
|Start Point:||NY 206245. Parking in the visitor centre car park the start is 110 yards along the main road north and then keep to the forest road as it climbs steadily for 1/2 a mile to a cross roads and then double back to the hillside.|
|Height to Climb:||207ms (679 feet)|
|Terrain:||The forestry section is along a proper forest road and the path is in good condition on the open fellside|
|Eating & Drinking:||There is a tea shop attached to the Visitor Centre, alternatively Braithwaite is two miles down the road with a choice of pubs|
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