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Ennerdale Water

 

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Arguably the most inaccessible of all the big lakes. If traveling by road the Lake itself can only be reached by two minor roads. The first from Ennerdale Bridge and the other from the Lamplugh direction. Public access by road stops at Bowness. But the valley continues for about another 6 miles with no public roads. This is one of the few places where you can walk for hours without seeing other people or any traffic, unless you get up onto the high fells.

This lack of access has allowed Ennerdale to remain less crowded than most other places in the Lake District, even in the height of the summer season.


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The walking in this area is superb as it caters for every level of walk. The high fells, all accessible from the valley include Red Pike, Pillar, Steeple, High Stile and Great Borne. For the more adventurous you can even get onto Great Gable from the far end of the valley.

The low level walks are too many to list. The obvious walk is a circuit of the lake. This is very easy to follow, and at a nice slow pace should take about 3 - 4 hours. There are a few way marked routes through the valley, which are easy to follow. But the best low level walking here is to just explore the valley and the forests. There is a very good forestry road on both sides of the River Liza running the full length of the valley. So no matter how far you walk a good return path is never far away.

If you follow the “Smithy Beck Trail” there are still reminders of the old iron ore workings, and an early form of blast furnace.

On a personal note:-

Ennerdale is only about 10 minutes from home so as far back as I can remember I've been visiting Ennerdale. I can recall, even at 6 or 7 years old coming here for picnics and playing in the river and the forests. And the trips to Ennerdale show which used to be held at Bowness next to the Lake. This was the one day in the year when the traffic on these roads was at stand still.

Even now 30 years later I feel like the area around Bowness has an atmosphere about it. I can still see the show stands and the pens for the animals in the same unchanged field, and our silver Ford Zephyr parked in the woods.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can start walking from these two places
Car park, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water has a reputation for being an out of the way place and is arguably the most difficult of all the lakes to reach. Well, not so if you live on this side of the Lake District. For me, the lake and its surrounding fells are actually the closest to home. The upshot of its reputation is place where you ( or me ) can usually walk without meeting the crowds found in some other areas of the Lake District.

Unless there happened to be some sort of special event on, I'd go as far as to say this is some where you're guaranteed to get a parking space, and it's free.

 


Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.

 

Choose a walk that includes this place
The number of walks to choose from is 31

29th April 2014
  An evening walk around Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

25th August 2013
  Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike 8.6 mile 3200 ft
Bowness Knott - Rake Beck - Herdus - Great Borne - Scew Well - Starling Dodd - Red Pike - White Pike - Gillerthwaite - forest track back to Bowness Knott
 

14th May 2013
  An evening walk around Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

1st June 2012
  A snap decision to walk around Ennerdale 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

31st March 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 7 - Floutern Pass 12.9 mile 3700 ft
Bowness Knott - Floutern Pass - Floutern Tarn - Mosedale - Scale Force - Buttermere (lake) - Bleaberry Tarn - Red Pike - Ennerdale
 

21st January 2012
  Wet and windy around Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

6th June 2011
  An evening around Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

1st January 2011
  A circuit of Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

4th September 2010
  Caw Fell to Steeple, from Ennerdale 11 mile 3100 ft
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Silvercove Beck - north ridge to Caw Fell - Little Gowder Crag - Haycock - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Long Crag - Lingmell - Woundell Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
 

22nd June 2010
  A circuit of Ennerdale Water 7.1 mile 200 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

22nd May 2010
  Summer has arrived on Great Borne and Starling Dodd 7.6 mile 2300 ft
Bowness - Rake Beck - Herdus - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Little Dodd - Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
 

24th July 2009
  A circuit of Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
 

26th June 2009
  Crag Fell the hard way 3.2 mile 1390 ft
Bleach Geen Cottages - Ennerdale Water - Anglers Crag - Crag Fell Pinnacles - Crag Fell - Revelin Crag - Ben Gill - Bleach Green Cottages
 

11th May 2009
  Just above Ennerdale 4.5 mile 1100 ft
Bowness Knott - Rake Beck - Brown How - Smithy Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
 

29th June 2008
  A circuit of Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile XX ft
 
 

20th June 2008
  Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Ennerdale Water 7 mile 2600 ft
Bowness - Rake Beck - Great Borne - Sca Well - Starling Dodd - Little Dodd - High Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
 

19th February 2008
  Taking advantage of the last forecasted day of good weather - Steeple to Caw Fell from Ennerdale 11 mile 3100 ft
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Irish Bridge - Lingmell - Steeple - Scoat Fell - Haycock - Caw Fell - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
 

8th December 2007
  Rain, rain and more rain at Ennerdale 8.3 mile 1491 ft
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Ennerdale Forest - High Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
 

7th September 2007
  Crag Fell the hard way 4.2 mile 1560 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Ennerdale Water - Anglers Crag - Crag Fell (pinnacles) - Crag Fell - Ben Gill - Ennerdale Water - Bleach Green Cottages
 

16th June 2007
  Reflections in Ennerdele Water 7.1 mile 200 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Bowness - River Liza - The Side - Robin Hood's Chair - Bleach Green Cottages
 

25th May 2007
  Something in the undergrowth below Great Borne 4.5 mile 1890 ft
Bowness - Herdus - Great Borne - Clews Gill - Dry Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
 

15th June 2006
  An evening walk up Gavel Fell. 5.2 mile 1972 ft
Bowness - Rake Beck - Sheepfolds - Flouten Pass - White Oak - Grain Gill - Gavel Fell - Grain Gill - Flouten Pass - Gill Beck - Rake Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
 

5th June 2006
  An evening walk around Ennerdale Water 7.2 mile 640 ft
 
 

15th October 2005
  Great Borne and Starling Dodd from Ennerdale Water. 7.7 mile 2402 ft
Bowness - Brown How - Herdus - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness
 

27th June 2005
  An evening walk around Ennerdale Water 7 mile 656 ft
Bleach Green cottages - River Ehen - Weir - Ennerdale Water - Robin Hood's Chair - Red Beck - River Liza - Smithy Beck - Dry Beck - Bowness - Ford - Rothery Sike - Weir - River Ehen - Bleach Green Cottages
 

25th March 2005
  A long walk from Ennerdale to Haycock. 11.9 mile 3268 ft
Broadmoor - Ennerdale Water - Crag Fell - Iron Crag - Caw Fell - Haycock - Ennerdale Valley - Ennerdale Water - Broadmoor
 

18th December 2004
  A short walk up Anglers Crag. 2.8 mile 699 ft
Bleach Green Cottages - Crag Farm House - Anglers Crag - Ennerdale Water - Robin Hood's Chair - Weir
 

4th December 2004
  Great Borne and Starling Dodd from Ennerdale. 7.1 mile 2408 ft
Bowness - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Little Dodd - High Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale - Bowness
 

16th June 2004
  An evening walk around Ennerdale Water. 7.1 mile 604 ft
Ennerdale Water - Robin Hood's Chair - Red Beck - River Liza - Smithy Beck - Dry Beck - Bowness - Mireside - Gill Beck (bottom of ) - Rothery Sike
 

15th February 2004
  An out and back from Ennerdale to Red Pike. 7.7 mile 2546 ft
Bowness - Ennerdale Water - Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre - Gillerthwaite YHA - High Gillerthwaite - Red Pike
 

1st February 2004
  Crag Fell and Grike from Ennerdale. 6.5 mile 2090 ft
Ennerdale - Anglers Crag - Robin Hood's Chair - Crag Farm House - Crag Fell - Grike - Crag Farm House - Ennerdale
 

 

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