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.

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Dodd Wood

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Ennerdale Forest

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Grizedale Forest

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Whinlatter Forest

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

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Starting point : Dodd Wood car park opposite Mirehouse 


Keswick / Braithwaite / Lorton – Whinlatter Forest Park

Starting point : Whinlatter Visitor Centre car park


Ennerdale Bridge – Ennerdale Forest

Starting point : Bowness Knott car park

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.


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