Lake District Forests & Forest Trails
There are four main Lake District forests with public access and recreational facilities, all with online trail guides which can be found below. These are managed by the Forestry Commission.
Whinlatter forest is England’s only mountain forest and is located near Keswick in the North Lakes, Grizedale forest is situated in the South Lakes near Hawkshead and is of lower altitude, Ennerdale forest is the most westerly, near Ennerdale Water, and The Dodd wood covers a hill between Keswick and Bassenthwaite and overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake.
Of the Lake District Forests only Whinlatter and Grizedale forest have (very popular) visitor centres and many outdoor adventure activities while The Dodd has an Osprey viewing point and a tearoom and Ennerdale forest is the most remote and tranquil.
Lake District Forest Trails
Keswick / Bassenthwaite – Dodd Wood
Starting point : Dodd Wood car park opposite Mirehouse
- Douglas Fir trail – distance 1 mile – allow 1 hour
- Sandbed Gill trail – distance 1.5 miles – allow 2 hours
- Skill Beck trail – distance 1.5 miles -allow 2 hours
- Dodd Summit trail – distance 3 miles – allow 3 hours
Keswick / Braithwaite / Lorton – Whinlatter Forest Park
Starting point : Whinlatter Visitor Centre car park
- Revelin Moss Trail – distance :1 mile
- Squirrel Scurry – distance : 1 mile
- Revelin Moss Trail Orienteering Course – distance : 1 mile
- Masmill Beck Trail – distance : 1.25 miles
- Tracks Trail – distance : 1.5 miles
- Heavy Sides Trail – distance : 1.5 miles
- Comb Beck Trail – distance : 1.75 miles
- Two Gills Trail – distance : 1.75 miles
- Orienteering Course A – distance : 1.8 miles
- Orienteering Course C – distance : 3.1 miles
Ennerdale Bridge – Ennerdale Forest
Starting point : Bowness Knott car park
- Sawdust Lonning Trail – distance 1.5 miles – allow 1/2 to 1 hour
- Round the Lake – distance 6.5 miles – allow 3 to 4 hours plus picnic time
Starting point Bleach Green car park – see map below
- Smithy Beck Trail – distance 2 miles – allow 1 -2 hours
- The Liza Path – distance 4 miles – allow 2 to 3 hours plus picnic and stone throwing time
Hawkshead / Coniston – Grizedale Forest Park
Starting point Grizedale Visitor Centre to collect map – see map below.
- Ridding Wood Trail – distance : 1 mile
- Machell’s Coppice Trail – distance – 1.5 miles
- Millwood Trail – distance : 1.5 miles
- High Bowkerstead Trails – distance :2 to 4 miles
- Bogle Crag Trail – distance : 3 miles
- Carron Crag Trail – distance : 3 miles
- Grizedale Tarn Trail – distance : 3.5 miles
- Silurian Way – distance : 10 miles!
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