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Car-free offer: Free entry *

How to get toWhinlatter Forestcar-free

1 At a glance

Covid-19 update: Walking and cycling trails have now reopened, but other facilities remain closed. Current advice is to avoid using public transport unless essential. If you live locally, please consider walking or cycling to the forest to reduce crowding in car parks. For latest information see website.

How to get to Whinlatter Forest car-free:

  • 77 Bus to Whinlatter returns April 2020 (Please note this may change, due to COVID-19).
  • enjoy the forest with no parking charge

2 Step-by-step

How to get to Whinlatter Forest car-free:

The ‘Honister Rambler’ 77 bus runs direct from Keswick to Whinlatter daily, from April to October. The journey takes just 15 minutes and buses stop right outside the visitor centre. Take the 77A bus back again. Connecting buses from around the Lake District run to Keswick.

  • Bus times from:
    Keswick Bus Station (stand 3)

If you’re coming from further afield, you can take the train to Penrith and hop on the X4/X5 bus, hourly from the rail station, reaching Keswick in 40 minutes.

Train times and prices

About Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest. You'll find stunning views and walks, wildlife and outdoor adventures.

Activities include nine walking trails and three cycling trails (the longest purpose-built MTB trails in the Lakes), play areas, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, picnic/BBQ spots and cafe.

  • County: Cumbria
  • Address: Whinlatter Pass, Keswick CA12 5TW
  • Refreshments: Cafe on site
  • * Car-free offer: free entry (parking charge for cars)

3 Plan your car-free journey

Reverse Route

About Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest. You'll find stunning views and walks, wildlife and outdoor adventures.

Activities include nine walking trails and three cycling trails (the longest purpose-built MTB trails in the Lakes), play areas, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, picnic/BBQ spots and cafe.

  • County: Cumbria
  • Address: Whinlatter Pass, Keswick CA12 5TW
  • Refreshments: Cafe on site
  • * Car-free offer: free entry (parking charge for cars)
Bike routes

National Route 71 offers a hilly scenic cycle from Keswick and beyond – plan your route here. You can also hire bikes at Whinlatter.

Taxi numbers

A taxi to/from Keswick costs about £12, booked in advance from Derwent 01768 775585, Davies 01768 772676 or Iain’s 01768 736333.

Handy Tips

Buy a Kewick & Honister Dayrider for £8.50 and take a scenic 90-minute tour on the whole 77/77A circular route (hop on and off wherever you like), or for £13.90 add Derwentwater boats too.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!