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Go Ape- Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest
CA12 5TW

Tel:-0845 9786

  • Tree Top Adventure

  • Forest Segway

Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest and visitor centre provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone. It’s a great idea for a day out in the North Lakes and home to Bassenthwaite ospreys.

Go Ape is a different way of enjoying the joys of the forest. Instead of strolling sedately beneath the tree canopy along well signed tracks, admiring the plants and wildlife, you get to be the wild life! Go Ape is an adventure course set in the trees. After a safety demonstration and practice session you get to enjoy the exhilaration of travelling through the forest on a series of Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.

Whinlatter is Go Ape's highest course with the cabin 318m/1043ft above sea-level. The European Larch forest was planted in the 1920's and as they are deciduous, many other trees have grown on the forest floor giving the course a real feel of being 'in the trees'. The Zip Wires feel especially fast as you fly inches away from the foliage!

If swinging through the trees is not your thing, but you want to try something different, then Forest Segway might be just what you are looking for. You can explore the forest on an all-terrain, self balancing electric Segway.

Tree Top Adventure

  • Two to three hours of tree top adventure.
  • Safety demonstration, including tuition on use of harnesses and guide lines.
  • Practice session before you start the course.
  • Course includes Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.
  • Certificate to show your mates.
  • Wear sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, able to protect you as you swing through the forest, and that you don't mind getting a bit grubby.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Age, height and weight restrictions apply (see opposite).
  • Children aged 10 - 15 who meet the height and weight restrictions must still be supervised by an adult at a ratio of no more than two children per adult.
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

Forest Segway

  • A ride through the forest on an all terrain Segway.
  • Lasts an hour, including a brief safety and instruction session.
  • Helmet provided and must be worn.
  • Sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, and provide protection, should be worn.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Age and weight restrictions apply (see opposite).
  • A supervision ratio of a maximum of 3 children to one adult applies
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

General information

Fitness requirements and accessibility

By its very nature, Go Ape is designed for people who are physically fit and active. It can also be mentally challenging, as many people have a very natural fear of heights. Experience has led the operators of Go Ape to declare that "if you can climb up a rope ladder you should be fine".

However, the safety equipment and instruction is also designed to ensure that everyone who attempts the course can do so in safety. For some persons this may mean that additional equipment, adjustments to training, and/or higher levels of supervision will be required. In some case the risk of injury may still be too great despite taking such additional measures, preventing use of the course. Please contact Go Ape on 0333 433 0902 to discuss your requirements.

Forest Segways require you to be standing for an hour - do that and you'll be fine!

What if you have a pre-existing medical condition?

The staff at Go Ape are not medically qualified and so are not in a position to assess the capacity of participants to undertake a course. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to use of the course. You are advised to visit the course prior to booking to undertake your own risk assessment.

Pregnant Women

The Go Ape policy recommends pregnant women do not take part on the course. If you are pregnant and want to participate, you will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Don't be late!

You should make your way to the Go Ape cabin and be ready to get going on your Go Ape adventure at your booked time. Late arrivals that miss their session are charged at full price, and sessions are not delayed to wait for late comers.

Taking a camera

Phones and cameras are permitted on the course, as long as they always stay attached to the participant. Lanyards are available to buy from the Go Ape cabin, subject to availability. Spectators can watch and take pictures from the forest floor.

Smoking is not allowed

Bad Weather

The course remains open in all weathers, except when it is icy, stormy, in high winds or during lightning. Participants are expected to dress accordingly for the weather.

And finally, is it really safe?

Any physical activity carries a small amount of risk, (just ask anyone who has fallen down the stairs!) but Go Ape take every precaution to ensure that participants are as safe as possible, using tried and tested safety equipment. All participants receive a safety briefing from a trained instructor at the start. However, Go Ape also stress that participants take responsibilty for their own safety whilst on the course.




  • High level adventure trails
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Pay on exit parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Forest visitor centre

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