Encompassing 4.6 sq miles 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.

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours activity

Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip from Windermere


Entry to the forest is free, but you have to pay for parking (£2 for one hour, £8 all day).

Bus 77 (four daily) runs from Keswick or, if you're driving, head west on the A66 and look out for the brown signs near Braithwaite.