Whinlatter – a popular Lake District mountain pass which has been shut for three months is set to reopen in time for Christmas.
Access to the B5292 Whinlatter Pass via Braithwaite was stopped to enable flood defence work to be carried out on the road.
It has now been announced that it is due to reopen on Friday morning, December 21st.
The move will restore access to premises Cyclewise Whinlatter and Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre from both ends of the pass.
Craig Scott , Cyclewise Director said: “The road closed immediately after the thrill of the Tour Of Britain in September, these last three months have been really tough, as customers have been put off by the long diversion. It is a great Christmas gift to have the road re-opened”.
Whinlatter Forest is a wonderful destination for families in this festive season.
There are lots of things to do, for all ages at Whinlatter, from fun family walks to more strenuous activities to burn off Christmas calories.
Cyclewise have a quality range of bikes to hire, from hardtail mountain bikes to pedal assist electric bikes. So if you are ready to take your adventure off road, there are three amazing mountain bike trails to choose from.
Walking or cycling, a visit to the forest provides scenic views looking up to Grisedale Pike and over to Skiddaw.
Whinlatter Parkrun happens every Saturday morning, and there will be a New Year’s Day Parkrun to start 2019 with a bang. The event is free to take part in.
Running until January 6, The Highway Rat trail gives families the chance to enjoy a walk with a difference.Youngsters can explore the forest trail with their grown ups while searching for characters from the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book.
There are activities to complete on the trail, and visitors are encouraged to post pictures of The Highway Rat or his wanted poster, if they spot them, on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TheHighwayRat!
For more details about services and events happening at Whinlatter Forest visit either www.cyclewise.co.ukor www.forestryengland.uk/whinlatter