Forest activities in Cumbria & The Lakes
Encompassing 1200 hectares of pine, larch and spruce, Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest, rising sharply to 790m about 5 miles from Keswick. The forest is a designated red squirrel reserve; you can check out live video feeds from squirrel cams at the visitor centre.
It's also home to two exciting mountain-bike trails and the Go Ape tree-top assault course. Bikes can be hired from Cyclewise, next to the visitor centre, which also runs regular skills sessions and training courses.
Mountain bikes can be also hired from Keswick Mountain Bikes. Their road-specific shop is above the Lakeland Pedlar Cafe in Keswick.
Bus 77 (four daily) runs to the visitor centre from…