Whinlatter Forest & WildPlay Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, nr Keswick
Forest open 365 days a year. Visitor Centre and Cafe open 10-5pm summer and 10-4pm winter, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Cyclewise closed Christmas day and Boxing DayGo Ape seasonal opening hours.
Whinlatter Forest was voted Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012 at the Cumbria Tourism awards and we at Away with the Kids think the WildPlay adventure playground is a must visit. Managed by the Forestry Commission, it's a great day out for the whole family. Whinlatter WildPlay is a children's trail with nine different play zones to explore through the trees.
Designed for children between the ages of 6 and 13 there are 9 different play zones along the forest trail including mini-climbing wall, water feature, giant swing and a secret path. The trail has already been tested by Away with the Kids on numerous occasions and been given a big thumbs up! You can practice your engineering skills and draw water from the stream with an Archimedes screw or use the gravel mover to shift gravel around the pit. Try out the climbing wall and giant timber climbing frame or fly through the air on the log swing. For younger children, visit the fairy kingdom with its secret path and hidden carvings.
There are two mountain bike trails, waymarked walking routes and a Go Ape hire wire course. The main visitor centre has a forest shop, Siskins Cafe for delicious home cooked food and toilets. There's also Cyclewise bike hire and shop.
Siskins cafe provides the perfect pitstop for hungry kids who have just exerted all their energy on the WildPlay adventure playground. Enjoy great views of Grisedale Pike and sumptuous food. With an alpine style and outdoor eating area the cafe is a great place to relax and enjoy the mountain setting.
Whinlatter Visitor Centre is in Whinlatter Forest Park. By road from Keswick - Take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Visitor Centre Sign Posts.
Free entry. Car parking charges apply, which go towards keeping the forest maintained. Parking charge at main Visitor Centre car park, £6.90 for full day, £5.30 for half day. Free car parks with access to some walking and biking routes available along Whinlatter Pass.
Visitor centre, forest shop, Siskins Cafe including children's menu, Cyclewise bike hire and shop, Go Ape course. Toilets, car parking and disabled car park, bus service (Honistor Rambler 77/77A)
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