1st June 2012

A snap decision to walk around Ennerdale


Walk Overview
Time 16.00 to 18.20
Duration 2 hr 20 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

This is strange, I've never noticed that brown coloured plant before. With the movement of the water it looked like a load of snakes doing synchronised swimming. Those stones seem a bit odd as well but I can't quite work out why.

Water levels were quite low today. Obviously caused by the dry(ish) spell we're having at the moment in the north of the country. And while we're talking of rain, the weather lady on TV the other night seemed to think it was a bad thing because the south east of England was getting quite a lot of rain. I could be mistaken, but I'm sure this is the same person who has been saying for months just how much the south of the country needs water. A classic case of be careful what you ask for in case you get it.

I hadn't intended to go anywhere today, but the couple of jobs I had to do at home were out of the way, the blue sky was edging further inland and I'd been in the house for long enough. So, I jumped into the walking gear and drove the 7 miles or so to Ennerdale for a wlalk around the lake.

Walking towards Anglers Crag. I didn't go over it today, I went around the bottom, just above the water.

Great Borne and Bowness Knott seen from the path around the base of Anglers Crag; strangely called Robin Hood's Chair.

The views were crystal clear through here today. This beats doing stuff about the house anyday.

Into the woods I go.


Nearing the end of the lake and as a couple I passed here found out, the path doesn't follow the shoreline around the end of the lake.
"We followed the lake and then came to a river we couldn't cross so we had to turn back"
"You need to carry on past the end of the lake, cross a couple of fields and the turn left at the forestry track"


The forestry track.

Pillar, seen above Irish Bridge.

Looking across the River Liza and the end of the lake to The Side and Iron Crag.



Bowness Knott.

Last time I was here the water was almost at the top of the wall I'm now standing on.

Great Borne and Bowness Knott.

On the opposite side of the lake is Crag Fell and Anglers Crag.

Sunshine and shadows.

One of many pictures looking down the lake.


Clear water in Ennerdale.

A close up of Anglers Crag.

Another picture looking down the lake towards Pillar.

Back at the weir now and the stones and the snakes are still in the water.
Now I need to go home and make the tea for Jennifer getting in.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks