Ennerdale Water and Angler's Crag

Evening sunlight on Pillar with reflections in Ennerdale Water, Cumbria

If you want peace and quiet in the Lakes, then Ennerdale Water - the western most and least visited of the major lakes - is your best bet! Ennerdale is the only lake that doesn't have a road running along its full length, and above Bowness Knott we enter Wild Ennerdale, where natural processes are being allowed to shape the way the valley looks.

Easy Walks

Ennerdale is definitely 'big country' with some impressive mountains. From the car-parks at Bowness Knott and Bleach Green though, the Wild Ennerdale partnership have created some accessible walks that follow the lakeshore and give the views without the effort.

Glorious views

For the more adventurous, some of the best views of the lake are from the top of Angler's Crag, a rocky foothill of Crag Fell that looms over the southern shores. Despite its daunting craggy front, the top of Angler's Crag can easily be reached from either side, following paths that climb gradually up the grassy lower slopes of the fell.

Follow the lakeshore path

If you don't fancy a climb, but want something more than the accessible paths, then follow the lakeshore path, which passes below Angler's Crag (some minor scrambling required) for a walk that takes you from the edge of the Lake District in towards its mountainous heart.

Visit the Wild Ennerdale website to download some walking routes.