A pebble lakeshore with high fells on the far shore

Miles Without Stiles 23: Ennerdale Views

Miles Without Stiles

A 2km loop 'for all' and a longer 4.2 km level walk 'for many' along Ennerdale Water’s western shore with fantastic views of the wild Ennerdale fells. OS Explorer Map OL4

Route for many. A circular walk. 2km distance.


Route for all. A circular walk. 2km distance.

Leave by the gate at the back of the car park (near to the Ennerdale information signs) and follow a well surfaced lane down to Ennerdale Water. Turn left and cross the bridge over the weir.

The path weaves through gorse bushes (watch out for yellowhammers in spring and summer) before it nears the shoreline again. Angler’s Crag is on the right and, far up the valley, are the high hills of Haycock, Scoat Fell and Steeple.

As you approach the wooden footbridge, the wheelchair route for all swings round to the left and away from the lake.  After 300m go left into Broadmoor Plantation. This new path, winding through thickets of young birch, takes you back to the car park but avoids most of the tarmac road.

Route for Many. A linear walk 4km return distance.

Follow the route for all as far wooden footbridge, from here the route suitable 'for many' carries on alongside the lake for 1.2 km and leads you to a grassy picnic spot overlooking the lake. This is the site of the old Angler’s Hotel, demolished to raise Ennerdale’s water levels. From here, the path continues eastwards above the lakeshore. It is flat and robust, so all terrain or motorised wheelchairs should find it accessible. The path takes a sharp right turn (grid reference NY 101162) and descends gently to finish right at the shoreline.


Start point:

Bleach Green car park

Postcode: CA23 3AL
Grid reference: NY 085153
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None on route. Nearest in Ennerdale Bridge which has two pubs and the Gather Ennerdale community centre with toilets and a café.

Getting there:

No direct public transport. Car: A5086 from Cockermouth, left (grid ref. NY 073194) to Ennerdale Bridge. Follow signs to Ennerdale Water. From the south follow A595 and A5086 to right turn for Ennerdale Bridge (grid ref. NY 027145)