- Whinfell Forest
Whinfell Forest is now a small area of woodland in the parish of
Brougham, Cumbriathat lies south east of Penrith in Cumbriaand just off the A66 roadleading to Appleby-in-Westmorland. The forest is a short distance from the Lake District national parkand is surrounded by a large number of woodlands that are located west of the Pennines. It is notable today for the presence of Center Parcsand a Red Squirrelreserve. It was notable historically for its associations with Lady Anne Clifford, Brougham Castleand Inglewood Forest.
Whinfell Park was at the core of the forest. Its proximity to
Inglewood Forestmeant that it was mentioned in court documents relating to disputes between the two areas. The park contained two frequently-mentioned landmark trees: the Harthhorn Tree and the Three Brother Tree. [ Thomas Cox, "Magna Britannica et Hibernia", [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/WES/zzBooks/cox1.htm Volume 6: Westmorland] , 1731.] The harthorn tree had a hart's horn embedded in it. The Three Brother Tree was the sole survivor of three unusually large oaks called the Three Brethren. The site of the Harthorn Tree is marked on old maps. The name "Three Oaks" is used within the Center Parcs site. By 1779, the park had been divided into farms by enclosure.B. Tyson, "Oak for the Navy: a case study", "Transactions CWAAS" 85:117-126, 1985. ] I. Whyte, "Transforming Fell and Valley", Centre for North West Regional Studies, Lancaster, 2003.]
In 1993 a leisure resort was planned for the site under the proposed name "Lakewoods Holiday Village". [Cobham Research Consultants, "Lakewoods Holiday Village Environmental Statement", Cobham Research Consultants, Abingdon, 1993.]
The Rank Groupconstructed this as "Oasis Lakeland Holiday Village" which featured commercial resturants and businesses such as Burger Kingand a Hard Rock Cafe. It was later sold to Center Parcswho removed the commercial ventures and now operate it as "Whinfell Forest Village".
Whinfell Forest is the largest of Center Parcs' four UK holiday villages, with accommodation for 4,668 people in 861 units.
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