Whinlatter Pass

Whinlatter Pass and Forest Road by Barbara BallardWhinlatter Pass, winding its way through the Thornthwaite Forest, sits 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. At the other end of the pass are the villages of High Lorton and Low Lorton. Comb Bridge and Scawgill Bridge are on the route.

Whinlatter Forest Path by Ann BowkerThe pass, from the Vale of Keswick to the Vale of Lorton, is as popular today for viewing the beauty of the Lake District as it was in the days of wagon travel. Even the Romans used the pass through the mountains. The road has few steep gradients so is not a difficult drive. Beside the pass road stands the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre with an exhibition and forestry trails.

Whinlatter Pass is on the B5292 road.

Lorton Vale by Ann BowkerWhinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
Whinlatter Pass
Cumbria CA12 5TW
Open 10am-5pm in summer, until 4pm in winter
Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.
Carpark (charge), shop and tearoom
Eight waymarked trails, two junior trails, two waymarked cycle routes, three high level trails,an all ability trail, four picnic sites.
Tel. 017687 78469
Web: Whinlatter Visitor Centre

Photos by Barbara Ballard and courtesy of Ann Bowker

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