21st January 2012

Wet and windy around Ennerdale Water


Walk Overview
Time 11.30 to 14.00
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 640 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - 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

Ennerdale Water and its weir with Great Borne, Bowness Knott, Starling Dodd and Anglers Crag behind.

There was plenty of water running over the weir today, , , hardly surprising really.

Ahead of me is Anglers Crag. It's easy enough to get onto the top (there's a path), but my route today took me around the base; next to the waters edge.

Looking across to Great Borne and Bowness Knott.

There's only one short climb on this walk. This picture is looking up the bottom of it, , , ,   , , , and this one is looking back down.


It was lashing down when I took this photo. At least the wind was blowing in the same direction as I was walking so I wasn't getting a face full. The trees didn't offer any protection at all, in fact they made it worse because I was also getting the big drips of water coming off them.



Looking back along the lake to the brighter skies. The rest of the walk was done in the dry.

A view down the length of the lake.

Debris at Irish Bridge.

This is where the River Liza runs into the lake. In the background is Crag Fell and Anglers Crag.


A long distance view down the lake towards Pillar, Steeple, Scoat Fell and Haycock; all of which are topped by cloud.

Crouching down to take a picture with the wind trying to blow me over. Quite a balancing trick.

A view back along the forest track shows Pillar almost but not quite free of cloud.

There might be plenty of cars in the car park, but the question has to be "where is everyone". There are only so many places you can go from here and I only passed a few other people.

Bowness Cottage.

Stormy waters.

Don't stand too close or you'll get soaked.

Crag Fell and Anglers Crag.

On the homeward stretch, well, sort of.

Great Borne and Bowness Knott seen on the opposite side of the lake.

Bridge over the River Ehen (pronounced as the boys name Ian).

Almost back at the car but here's one last picture showing the weir.

Notices I noticed along the way




David Hall -
Lake District Walks