Where is this walk?

Whinlatter

January 2, 2019

Whinlatter fell lies above Whinlatter forest. The simplest and best way of attaining the summit is to walk through the forest from the main car park. Then enjoy the views when breaking out on to the open fell.

The Walk

1,696 ft. On most of the fells in the Lake District the walker is king, on Whinlatter they are 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. Go Ape have added some rope ladders and walkways through the trees which are very popular.

The information centre has a cafe with plenty of parking. Despite this slightly commercialised start the walking in the forest is pleasant enough. After breaking out from the forest there is plenty to keep the walker interested. The views over Keswick and up to Grisedale Pike offer a interesting and unusual perspective. The Solway Furth and the Scottish hills around Dumfries appear to be only a short distance away. Whinlatter is not a typical Lakeland fell but full of interest none the less.

Recommend

A mecca for mountain bikers. The steep rides make it challenging/fun for all those prepared to try.

Navigation Tips in Whinlatter

You need to find the forest track that exits the forest at reference 204247. Head initially along the forest track north from Go Ape and then double back after half mile.

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