27th June 2005

An evening walk around Ennerdale Water


Walk Overview
Time 17.10 to 20.35
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 656 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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
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

Just after the start of the walk, looking past the weir to Ennerdale Water and Great Borne, Bowness Knott, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile and Anglers Crag.
As it was such a nice evening we decided to have a walk around Ennerdale to try and catch the lovely evening light that sometimes shines through this valley at this time of year.
We weren't disappointed.

Almost the same view from a little further along the path.

From below Anglers Crag with Bowness Knott on the opposite side of the lake.


Starling Dodd seen behind some trees that were getting the sunlight just right.

Looking out from some broken and twisted trees towards High Stile and Pillar.
It was still very warm and the evening light was really starting to show now.

Almost at the end of the lake.

Looking back down the lake into the sun to get this lovely silhouetted tree next to the waters edge.

Once you get to the end of the lake the route goes a little further in the same direction than you would expect. It takes you to the far end of this forestry track, which leads to a bridge over the River Liza. (a couple of yards behind me)

The River Liza with Pillar in the background. Taken from the bridge.

Just to prove you don't have to get onto the fell tops to get a nice view.
On the other side of the lake now, looking over to Tewit How. Behind that is Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Little Gowder Crag.

A close up of Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple.

Anglers Crag and Crag Fell.

Some evening shadows in the woodland next to the lake.

Anglers Crag and Crag Fell again seen across a very calm and clear Ennerdale Water

Great Borne and Bowness Knott.

Almost the same view as the first picture. this time with a much different light.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks