To the north the pass is flanked by Whinlatter fell, while to the south the Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike fells borders the pass. From the top of the pass, paths climb Whinlatter and Grisedale Pike. There is also a Forestry Commission tourist centre there.
The Whinlatter Pass is one of three passes that link the tourist area around Keswick, including Derwent Water and Borrowdale, with the valley of the River Cocker, and such lakes as Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.
From north to south these passes are:
The Whinlatter Pass can be icy in winter, but it is a less severe route than those using the other two passes.
- Location map: 54°36’35"N, 3°14’54"W