Cleator Moor, Central Lakes

Details for Ennerdale

Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale on a sultry day

The most westerly of all the lakes, Ennerdale is also one of the smallest located in the Lake District National Park. Situated close to Whitehaven and the town of Cleator, nestled in a valley surrounded by hills and mountains it is a remote lake offering a place to escape.

Ennerdale is a deep glacial lake measuring at 148 ft deep, ¾ mile wide and 2.5 miles long. The water in the lake is extremely clear and holds a variety of fish. Ennerdale owned by United Utilities serves as a reservoir to West Cumbria and it is the only lake in the Lake District which doesn't have a road running by the side of it.

The Forestry Commission owns the majority of the land around Ennerdale and conifers have been planted around the lake, particularly in the valley of the River Lisa to the south of the lake. The lake has been recognized as a site of special scientific interest.

Located only a short distance from the cycle path from Whitehaven to Rowrah, Ennerdale is popular with cyclists, tourists and hikers. Ennerdale one of the quieter lakes, away from the hustle and bustle, remains unscarred by construction and activity, this is due to its remote location and lack of roads. Canoeing and kayaking is permitted on the lake for a small fee and is available all year round. Fishing is also permitted and day tickets can be purchased from the local association. A circular walk runs around the perimeter of the lake.

Ennerdale Bridge a typical Cumbrian village can be found to the west of the lake, here you will find a couple of pubs, houses and a shop. Ennerdale show is held annually taking place in the last week of August, there are agricultural displays, arts, crafts and competitions which bring the small community together.


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