Whinlatter Forest walk

Braithwaite and Whinlatter Forest circular hike

We had an autumnal long weekend near Braithwaite, staying at Lanefoot Farm campsite, close to the Whinlatter Forest and the Pass – a great place for a walk more than a fells hike, as we weren’t planning to head up any fells.

This was a van weekend, with tourist trips and shopping in Keswick, pub visits and forest mooches planned. That said, the circular hike described here and saved as a route on Viewranger did have some decent elevation and came in around 5 miles: a great leg stretcher and gave us ‘permission’ to spend the late afternoon and evening in two of Braithwaite’s great hostelries!

The Viewranger and GPX file is here: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjczMDgyNw==

We stayed at Lanefoot Farm, a great campsite close enough to Braithwaite to be a walk into the village (and those pubs mentioned above).

Braithwaite Lanefoot Farm Camping
Van and awning all set up, out for a walk we go…


Braithwaite Lanefoot Farm Camping
The autumnal colours were great, the weather a bit less so but still good for a hike up through the forest.


Braithwaite Lanefoot Farm Camping
Some of the campsite residents

The walk up through the Whinlatter Forest to the visitors centre was beautiful (we’d brought our own food but still has snacks there, under shelter.. the drizzle did get a bit much after a while).

Whinlatter Forest Autumn
The Autumnal colours mostly distracted us from the constant drizzle.


Whinlatter Forest Stream
Water water everywhere – a Whinlatter Forest beck.

Autumn means lots of fungi and there a fair few species in evidence. This photo below shows a few of them along with a couple of other things that caught my eye to form a grid of ‘squircles’, and added to my Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/markkelly333/).

Whinlatter Forest Autumn Squircles
Whinlatter Forest Autumn Squircles

As well as the day in the first on various trails, we spent some time being tourists in Keswick (with me trying NOT to visit all the outdoor shops). 

And we had a trip to nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle. I like to visit Neolithic – or any ancient sites – when we’re on trips (for example see this Anglesey trip post or one of my Ridgeway trail posts, for example). Anita is sometimes, err, less than enthusiastic to hear me drone on, mansplaining things to her, especially in poor weather. But she was impressed by the vistas surrounding Castlerigg, it’s an imposing site.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle – impressive and captivating (as they can be) even in or a grey day.


Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle – impressive and captivating (as they can be) even on a grey day.


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