Whinlatter Forest Park
Whinlatter Forest Park information
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Encom- passing 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. You can hire bikes from Cyclewise , next to the visitor centre.
Bus 77 (four daily) runs to the visitor centre from Keswick. If you're driving, head towards Cockermouth on the A66 and look out for the brown signs near the turn-off at Braithwaite.