The Superworm Trail:

The Superworm trail is pram friendly, although a little steep in parts. It is truly a fabulous day out for families, particularly those with children of primary school age.

For those unfamiliar to Whinlatter Forest this fantastic family day out is situated 25 miles south of Carlisle, postcode: CA12 5TW. There is a pay & display car park as well as toilet facilities and a cafe.

Our family have enjoyed the fantastic facilities of Whinlatter for many years! There are so many trails to explore, for both kids and adults! It is also home to the longest purpose built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. There are running trails, cycle trails, walking trails, a wonderful outdoor play park (including water play!) and a cafe, visitors centre, Go Ape and bike hire. Not forgetting the well known Gruffalo Trail, another brilliant family day out.

The route:

The Superworm Trail is an easy, pram friendly route. At one mile long this walk is fantastic for all ages, although it can be steep in parts. The route itself is very straightforward just follow the superworm signs (picture 2).

You are able to purchase a trial activity pack to compliment this walk – with a forest superhero mask that my children adored! Alongside some lovely fact cards that tell you many heroic feats of the mini minibeasts that you find in the forests and woods around us. My children really enjoyed the activity packs, as well as the six crayon rubbings to complete along the way.

This really is a wonderful, short trail for the whole family to enjoy together with plenty to keep little legs occupied.

This walk is part of the Forestry England Woodland Walks. Whinlatter is a working forest and therefore some trails can be closed at times due to forest operations, or damage caused by recent storms. The Julia Donaldson Walks are only here for a few months before moving on to a new trail. For all up to date information on the trails at Whinlatter please access the Forestry England website here.

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