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A circular, short walk with fantastic views starting at Whinlatter Pass. This is less of a fixed route, more a summons to a great little corner of the Lakes. There are well-marked trails throughout Thornthwaite Forest, and you can pick up leaflets at the visitor centre.
Loop or linear? Loop
Map: OS Explorer Map: OL4 - The English Lakes: NW area
Total distance: 6.5km (4 miles)
Total height gain: 452m (1485ft)
Start: Whinlatter Forest Park, OS Grid: NY206244
Bus: Honister Rambler
Unsuitable for: Buggies, wheelchairs
Whinlatter Forest Park OS Grid: NY206244
Take the Honister Rambler bus to Whinlatter Forest Park.
Visitor centre OS Grid: NY211246: About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1
Follow the waymarked trails beyond the visitor centre. Gruffalo fans are in for a treat...
Cycle trail OS Grid: NY216253: About 1 km (0.62 miles) from 2
Follow the forest tracks and cycle trails. It's not always easy to navigate, but as a general rule, always take a right-hand fork but don't head downhill!
Path from the hotel OS Grid: NY215262: About 1 km (0.62 miles) from 3
Keep contouring around and you will reach the path that leads up from The Swan hotel.
Barf summit OS Grid: NY214267: About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 4
The path leads round to the steep-faced Barf, with tremendous views over Bassenthwaite.
Lord's Seat OS Grid: NY204265: About 1 km (0.62 miles) from 5
Follow the clear path across to Lord's Seat, for more stunning views.
Stile into woods OS Grid: NY207263: About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 6
Drop down towards the forest boundary and look for the stile into the forest. Here, pick up the tracks leading back downhill.
Paths downhill OS Grid: NY206254: About 1 km (0.62 miles) from 7
The Forestry Commission, who manage Thornthwaite Forest, have clearly marked the routes around it and you should have no problems navigating back to the start.
Tea and cake OS Grid: NY208245: About 1 km (0.62 miles) from 8
Make sure you stop in at the visitor centre for a well-earned pot of tea and a little something.