Visitor attractions

Long way down! © Paul Delaney

Long way down!

Classic upland routes where climbing first began, peaceful lakes and a quiet ‘secret’ valley, Victorian excursions and local drama, add to historic land packed with wildlife and industrial heritage. Here you have an ideal location to explore and recharge your soul.

  • Ennerdale water

    If you want peace and quiet in the Lakes, then Ennerdale Water is your best bet! The only lake without a road along its full length, Ennerdale Water can best be seen from Angler's Crag, a rocky foothill that looms over its southern shores.

  • Pillar and Pillar Rock

    Dominating the Ennerdale Valley, Pillar saw the birth of rock climbing in the lakes when a local man made the first ascent of Pillar Rock back in 1826. Surprisingly elusive for such a massive object, only the tip of Pillar Rock can be seen from Ennerdale Water.

  • Whitehaven Coast

    All along this coast you’ll find wildlife a plenty, thanks to low nutrient soils due to past mining activity and land left fallow with the decline in industrial activity. There are plenty of habitats and niches to exploit such as St Bees head where seabirds nest by the thousands and England’s only nesting colony of Black guillemot meet annually.

  • Rannerdale Knotts

    A quiet ridge with a 'secret valley' and close to our highest waterfall and most iconic fell. Rannerdale is steeped in history and legend and offers the perfect Lakeland family day.