Whinlatter Pass

Whinlatter Pass

Location : Lorton / Braithwaite  –  Grid Ref: NY 208245

Looking towards the Lorton Valley. Photo by Ann Bowker.

Whinlatter Pass winds its way through the Thornthwaite Forest, to a height of 1,043 feet above sea level, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake.
At the foot of the pass lies the small village of Braithwaite, straddling Coledale Beck, and at the other end of the pass are the villages of High Lorton and Low Lorton.
The Whinlatter Pass forms part of a beautiful circular scenic drive from Keswick that includes Newlands Pass or Honister Pass, Loweswater, Buttermere and Crummock Water, areas that aren’t as dominated by visitors compared with other parts of the Lake District.
At the top of the pass in the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre, with information and CCTV of the nearby ospreys, a gift shop, and a restaurant. A guide to the forest shows the fourteen miles of road suitable for walkers and cyclists, as well as many other paths for walkers. There are some spectacular views across the fells and forests of Northern Lakeland.
On the way from Lorton to the Visitor Centre is a car park, from where you can take a short walk to Spout Force .
The Whinlatter Pass is a far less severe route than many of its counterparts such as Newlands, Honister, Wrynose and Hardknot.

Whinlatter Forest visitor centre
Bassenthwaite Lake from Whinlatter Pass.

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