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Whinlatter Forest

Not everyone knows about Whinlatter Forest, tucked up in the northwest of Cumbria - but those who do - are rewarded with a whole host of outdoor opportunities, there literally is something for everyone to enjoy.

What's on at Whinlatter for Children:

Whinlatter WildPlay

whinlatter wildplay Under 13's only I'm afraid at the new Whinlatter WildPlay Trail which has been build with a £200,000 grant. So it's free for you to use.

Check out the map above to see all the fun things that there are to do there, there's certainly a lot of swinging and climbing and even a water activity.

The recommended age for Whinlatter WildPlay is 6 - 13 year olds, if you've got an adventurer who has not yet had their sixth birthday yet, then they'll probably be just the right age to visit the WidPlay fairy kingdom with its secret path and hidden carvings.

Whinlatter Rabbit Run

To take part you just need to collect a 'Rabbit Run Card' from Whinlatter Visitor Centre (small charge) and follow the 'rabbit footprints' through the forest to discover all about different animals and their homes.

The Rabbit Run walk normally takes around half an hour, or maybe a bit longer depending how many interesting things you find to stop and look at along the way...don't forget to take your completed 'card' back to the Visitor Centre to receive your Groovy Rabbit Run sticker!

Foxtrot Food Web

For those who enjoyed the Rabbit Run or are ready to learn all about what animals eat to survive in the woods, then the Foxtrot Food Web might be just the ticket!

You'll need to collect a 'Foxtrot Card' from the Whinlatter Visitor Centre (small charge) before you follow Fox's footprints around the forest trail. Depending on whether you stop to look at every insect, skip, hop or jump around the trail will depend how long it takes you, but you will probably be back at the Visitor centre ready to hand in your 'Card' and collect your Foxtrot Sticker after about 45 mins.

Whinlatter Go Ape

Go Ape Lake District

Go Ape needs little introduction and the Whinlatter Forest Go Ape course is the highest in the country and has five very challenging sections with long zip wires and tricky crossings for your to master.

If you're ten or over and have a head for heights then read more about Whinlatter Go Ape.

Revelin Moss Trail - suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Through mature conifers and silver birch this mile long pathway does have some uphill and downhill sections and a bridge to cross but is designed to be suitable for both wheelchair users and push chairs. Read more about Revelin Moss Trail here.

Whinlatter - Red Squirrel Conservation and Osprey

The Visitor Centre and Siskins Cafe at Whinlatter Forest are both great places if you would like to bird watch without going too far. The bird feeders outside the Siskins cafe attract a number of species. The Ospreyfrequently nest nr. Bassenthwaite Lake and can often be seen in the skies above Whinlatter - this year however they have nested away from the webcams and therefore no live coverage can be shown at the Visitor Centre.

Access to Whinlatter Forest walks and trails are *free however there is a car-parking charge. *Additional charges for Go Ape / Cycle Hire. For full information on charges please visit the Whinlatter Forest website.

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