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New running routes opening at Whinlatter Forest

A 5k and 10k running route are opening at Whinlatter Forest.

Join the launch on 30th March at 10.30am when the routes will be officially opened and you can hit the trails.

These are challenging routes with great rewards of spectacular views to Derwentwater, Keswick, Skiddaw and the surrounding mountain ranges.

The new 5k route has been home to the Whinlatter Forest parkrun and this well-tested route is known as one of the most challenging – and scenic – parkruns in the country. Push yourself further on the 10k route venturing into the less explored, quieter, south side of the forest, where you’ll be met with a second big climb after recovering from the first one on the north side.

Local businesses BodyFit and Buggyfit will be leading groups around the 10k and 5k routes respectively once the trails are opened at 10.30am on Saturday 30th March, meeting at the trail head just below Cyclewise at Whinlatter.

Jen Wilson from Buggyfit said: “Buggyfit is an outdoor, all weather, post-natal fitness programme and I’ve been running classes at Whinlatter since July 2017. It’s my favourite class location with fabulous surroundings and views to enjoy whilst we exercise – the new 5k route is an excellent addition. Mums attend from the West, Keswick, Penrith and I’ve had some from as far as Shap! It’s a great social class too as there’s always time for a cuppa and a crack afterwards.”

Sonia Dryden, Forestry Commission, said: “It’s fantastic to engage more people in the outdoors and support running with our amazing trails at Whinlatter Forest. These new waymarked routes provide great opportunities for people to explore scenic and quiet areas of the forest.”

Running is a fantastic activity to support good mental health and physical wellbeing. Our waymarked trails give the confidence to run by yourself knowing you’re heading in the right direction. The trails provide lots of space so if you’re running as part of a group you can all run together.

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