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Miles Without Stiles 23: Bleach Green, Ennerdale


Route type: For all / many. A wheelchair accessible loop and a longer level walk along Ennerdale Water’s western shore with fantastic views of the wild Ennerdale fells. OS Explorer Map OL4

Distance: or 1.2 mile wheelchair loop or 4.75 km or 2.9 miles with eastern extension

Start and end point: Bleach Green car park - grid ref. NY 085154. Eastern extension - grid ref. NY 101162

Facilities: None on route. Nearest in Ennerdale Bridge which has two pubs and the Gather Ennerdale community centre in 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)


Leave by the gate at the back of the car park 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 swings round to the left and away from the lake. Go through a gate and after 300m look for a gate on the 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.

Back at the footbridge, carrying on for 0.5 km 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 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.


Map - Bleach Green, Ennerdale route