This is Emily’s first ever ‘buggy friendly’ walk, and now that the weather is getting slightly warmer, this could be the first of many over the next few months. After checking the weather forecast, we thought the conditions would be perfect for a forest walk; this time of year the sun is low and the trees have very little foliage, which can have a positive effect while walking through deep forest plantations.

We chose to follow the ‘Two Gills Trail’, which is the red route in Whinlatter Forest Park. This route also follows (partly) ‘The Highway Rat Activity Trail’, which is aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy completing activities and spotting characters along the way. There are a couple of steep sections on this path, and also a small section which is quite stony, so it helps if you’ve got a buggy with large ‘all-terrain wheels’. We don’t recommend this walk in wet conditions.

There is plenty of parking (pay on exit), a cafe and toilets at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre.


Route 11 – Two Gills Trail, Whinlatter Forest Park – Map 1