Ennerdale Valley is a remote wild valley on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park. Ennerdale valley offers magnificent wild scenery with a wide range of walking and cycling opportunities. Have a look at our Visitor Guide for an over view of what Ennerdale has to offer you or enjoy our waymarked Smithy Beck trail. The valley also provides opportuntities for orienteering, biking, climbing, riding, canoeing and visiting historic sites. Find out more at Wild Ennerdale.
From the car park at Bowness Knott the valley stretches 7 miles east with mountains on either side rise to nearly 3000ft asl.
Wild EnnerdaleWild Ennerdale is a partnership between people and organisations led by The Forestry Commission, National Trust and United Utilities (UU) being the primary land owners in The Ennerdale Valley and Natural England, the Government's advisor on the environment.
Over the last five years the partnership has seen its work develop and broaden as individuals such as farm tenants, local businesses, the YHA, local people and volunteers have caught onto the excitement and vision that the original partners have developed.
Our Vision is "to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology".
Pease read our briefing note for more information about the Partnership or visit the Wild Ennerdale Partnership website to download our latest newsletter which is distributed quarterly to around 550 local households with thanks to the local Ecumenical Church Magazine team.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsBryan, 14/Oct/2015
As the shoreside track is meant to be a little-used accessway, why is it being widened and relaid?
I see a new turning point has bee dug into the hillside beyond the lake at the far side of the river. Are we to expect more heavy vehicles in that area?
Please keep Ennerdale as a quiet zone. No more roadbuilding!
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your concern. I'm sorry if this work has reduced the enjoyment of your visit but please be assured we are not constructing new roads. We have regraded the existing road between Bowness Knott car park and Gillerthwaite Field Centre/Ennerdale YHA to remove the potholes to make the road safer for customers visiting the YHA and Field Centre. The turning point under Lingmell was improved to support future thinning of the forest as part of the Woundell Beck restoration project where we removed the old forest road bridge to improve the spawning for Arctic Charr, salmon and trout. Ennerdale continues to be a working forest as we remove non-native conifers and thin the forest to encourage a more diverse structure to develop and release native broadleaf natural regeneration. As part of this work we have started harvesting an area of larch trees north of Ennerdale YHA. This work will also protect a number of protected historic features from future risk of damage by trees falling over. The timber produced will be taken by lorry to sawmills over the next few months.
Rick Morgan, 12/Jun/2015
Hi. Are there any restrictions on access to and in Ennerdale currently? I know there were due to P.Ramorum when I last visited ( Sep 2013 ).
Forestry Commission Response
There are no closures or diversion in the valley currently. We are planning some work later this year, which will close parts of the forest but no rights of way will be closed. Enjoy your visit.
5 StarsM G Bowles, 3/Aug/2014
Please, please,please! no signs in Ennerdale, thats the whole point of wild Ennerdale.