Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water

This easy route follows the shoreline of Ennerdale Water, in the northern part of the Lake District. The fairly remote and quiet walk boasts wonderful mountain views towards Haystacks.

Start and End Location: Bleach Green Car Park
Start Postcode: CA23 3AS
Distance: 11km
Time: 3-4 hours
Facilities: None
GPX Download: Link below map
Grade: Easy Mountain Walk – the majority of the walk is very straightforward but there are a few short, steep climbs over rocky terrain.

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Go through the wooden gate, next to the notice board, at the far end of the car park. Follow the path through the woods until reaching a gravel track. Turn left and continue on the gravel track. At the weir, take the right hand grassy footpath, which crosses a small wooden bridge and continues around the south shore of Ennerdale Water.

Ennerdale Water Circuit

The footpath, often rocky in places, follows the shoreline, passing below Angler’s Crag. After around 1.5 miles, the path enters a woodland and crosses a few streams, still staying close to the shoreline.

Ennerdale Water Circuit

At the end of the lake, bear left, go through the wooden gate and cross the stream. Bear right and follow the paths as it runs alongside the dry stone wall to reach a gate at the other end of the field. Go through the gate and bear right, again following the wall to the other end of the field.

Ennerdale Water Circuit

Go through the gate and turn left along the gravel lane. Follow the lane across the river and turn left at the T-junction.

Continue on the track for just over a mile.

Ennerdale Water Circuit

Just before the track merges into a concrete road, take the left hand footpath to the shore of the lake. The path continues approximately 2-3 metres from the shoreline.

Go through the wooden gate and continue on the now wider, rocky track alongside the lake, with great views back towards the mountains.

Ennerdale Water Circuit walking route

At the T-junction, turn left and go through the gate. Keep left at any forks and follow the path back to initial gravel track. Turn right and retrace your steps to the car park.

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