What are the popular trails within the forest?
As we mentioned in our introduction, there are a few trails that you can explore throughout the forest, mostly walking trails (9), but there are also 3 cycling trails and 2 running trails. The best options include:
At just under 2 miles long, this trail is quite a pleasant and relaxing stroll and isn't intense at all. You'll walk mostly off forest paths and more along glades and streams. If the sun is out this is definitely a good trail to follow.
If you're looking for the best views of Grisedale Pike, a fell in the Lake District, then look no further than this trail. It's only 1 mile long so isn't anything difficult, but the views make up for the short length. This trail is ideal for walking with younger kids.
This trail is again just under 2 miles and although it mostly follows like forest road network, it's not difficult to negotiate and is quite a relaxed walk. There is a moderate incline that can catch people out so don't underestimate this walk.
We had to include this trail in our list, even though it might be beyond most people - this is the longest purpose-built mountain biking trail in the Lake District at almost 20km long. This trail will require some skill and definitely some stamina, so make sure you're prepared. If you do manage to tackle this trail, then you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw. At an altitude of 500m above Keswick, this is one of the best views you can get in the Lake District.