View of Ennerdale in Spring

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Home of the Wild Ennerdale project with 30 miles of traffic-free paths

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.


Our work



Marsh Fritillary on a thistle, Gillerthwaite Mire, Ennerdale, Cumbria

Wildlife at Ennerdale 

In the autumn, we're counting the larval web count for the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly found in Ennerdale. Its re-introduction to our tenant farmer’s land at Mireside has been a big success, and we keep track of the size of the population by counting the silk webs that the larvae weave in the wetland vegetation. Ennerdale Water is also home to England’s only migratory population of Arctic charr. These striking red and gold fish are one of the rarest species of fish in Britain and are confined to the coldest deepest lakes like Ennerdale Water. They spawn their eggs in October and November.