16th June 2004

An evening walk around Ennerdale Water.


Walk Overview
Time 18:25 to 21:00
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 604 ft
Walking with On my own
Ennerdale Water - Robin Hood's Chair - Red Beck - River Liza - Smithy Beck - Dry Beck - Bowness - Mireside - Gill Beck (bottom of ) - Rothery Sike
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
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.


Route Map

Ennerdale Water. The fells are L - R Bowness Knott, Starling Dodd, Red Pike and Anglers Crag

The highest fell on the left is Knock Murton, then Saddler's Knott to Blake Fell, the fell in the foreground on the right is Banna Fell

Part of the path under Anglers Crag. The views down the valley are starting to open up now.

A closer view across the lake of Bowness Knott. This was taken from the rocky section around Robin Hood's Chair. The only point on the walk where you gain any sort of height.

Back down to the shore line now with some great views down the valley. Pillar and Steeple are both under the cloud.

Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile. Can you believe how low the water level is and its only the middle of June.

Looking back down the lake with Anglers Crag rising out of the water up to the pinnacles of Crag Fell.

Looking back again from a little further along the path.

Almost at the end of the lake. Pillar and Steeple were nearly clear of cloud by now. It was starting to get very warm and the wind had almost died out completely.

L - R Lingmell, Tewit How, Haycock and Little Gowder Crag. The gap in the trees is still shown ad being forested on the OS map.

Pillar from the bridge over the river Liza. The river is so low I was able to take this picture from the river bed. I wouldn't like to try to stand on this spot in the middle of January .

Looking back across the lake to Pillar, Steeple, Haycock Etc

And again from a little further along the lake.

The small farm house near Bowness Knott car park.

Walking around the Ennerdale Bridge end of the lake. A thick band of cloud was working its way inland from the west coast by now. The wind had built up and rain was on its way. You wouldn't think it was the same day.

Ennerdale's outflow

David Hall -
Lake District Walks