Whinlatter Forest - Heavy Sides Walk

For some people trees have life, not the swaying in the breeze or shaking off the last vestiges of the rain just as you pass below, but like the long forgotten Ents in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Others see them as statues, immobile, and without life bar the bursting into leaf every spring. Our land was once covered in a rich blanket of deep forest where bear and wolf would lurk. No such wildlife in our woods of today though, perhaps sadly.

Whatever you see in trees and woodland hopefully they'll be something for you, be it the bushes and shrubs under the few fine oaks, or the dense slightly spooky pine plantations.

Park at the Noble Knott car park about midway up the hill to the Whinlatter visitor centre.