22nd June 2010

A circuit of Ennerdale Water


Walk Overview
Time 15.15 to 18.00
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 200 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Shoreline path back to 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

I couldn't begin to work out how many times I've walked alongside Ennerdale Water over the years, but I can't ever remember the water level being this low. I suspect it was lower than this during the drought of 1976, but I was to young to remember properly or at that age wasn't interested anyway. This was definitely one of those rare times when the Lake District is in desperate need of rain.

Shocking isn't it.



Heading towards (but not up) Anglers Crag.

I took this picture looking down the length of the lake from the highest point on the walk; Robin Hood's Chair which barely reaches an altitude of 450ft.

A view across to Great Borne and over on the right of the picture, Starling Dodd and Red Pike.

The only real 'up' of this walk is this section around the base of Anglers Crag, and even though you hardly gain any height at all, it does give you a nice elevated view down the lake and through to the valley beyond.

A view back shows Knock Murton on the opposite side of the water.



The footpath takes you some way past the end of the lake, and under normal circumstances this would be the only option to get across to the other side. Sadly I didn't notice until I was further on in the walk, but I reckon I could have walked around the shoreline and still managed to pick out a dry route through the place where the River Liza normally enters the lake.


The River Liza and Pillar, seen from Irish Bridge.

Haycock and Little Gowder Crag on the skyline.




It wasn't half hot walking through here. There wasn't a breath of wind and the midges were out in force so I soon knocked the pace up a gear for a while.


Great Borne, Bowness Knott and in the far distance, Pillar.

Anglers Crag and Crag Fell


David Hall -
Lake District Walks