Miles Without Stiles 23: Bleach Green, Ennerdale


Route type: For many. A level walk along Ennerdale Water’s western shore with fantastic views of the wild Ennerdale fells OS Explorer Map OL4

Distance: 2.25 km or 1.4 mile loop or 4.75 km or 3 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.

At the wooden footbridge, you have a choice. Turning left, you will loop back to the car park via a stone surfaced lane and tarmac road. Carrying on over the bridge, for just over 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. 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