8th December 2007

Rain, rain and more rain at Ennerdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 12.00
Duration 2hr 40 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1491 ft
Walking with On my own
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Ennerdale Forest - High Gillerthwaite - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
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.


Route Map

Crag Fell, Anglers Crag and Ennerdale Water.
Today was wet, windy, dull and I knew it would bucket down from start to finish, so I had a lower level walk close to home. The main aim of the walk was to take some pictures of Moss Dub; a lovely tarn found along the valley beyond Ennerdale Water.


Smithy Beck.

It isn't marked on any map I've seen and I don't think I've read it in any book, but I'm sure this bridge over the River Liza is called Irish Bridge.

A large group of Ennerdale residents, surely a little suspicious as to why anyone would be out on a day like this.

Moss Dub.
Given the conditions I was walking in today, the tarn was a little uninviting, rather dull looking and not a place to linger for very long at all. In the past however, I've been here many times and enjoyed, shall we say, more agreeable weather and on such days as those, I can honestly say this is without doubt a lovely spot indeed.
Hidden among the like this, the tarn reminds me to a certain extent of Muncaster Tarn.

And now the rain turned to sleet.


One of the few places along the six miles of valley where you can actually cross from one side of the River Liza to the other. This was as far as I walked through the valley today.

High Gillerthwaite youth hostel.

And one final picture, looking down Ennerdale Water.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks