11th May 2009

Just above Ennerdale


Walk Overview
Time 16.10 to 18.15
Duration 2 hr 5 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Bowness Knott - Rake Beck - Brown How - Smithy Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Route Map

Just another short walk today I'm afraid. The ankle is getting used to "ups and downs" again, but I don't want to end up doing any real damage, so I'm still taking it easy.
This evening I headed to Ennerdale for a walk behind Bowness Knott, through the woods and along the lake shore. And although this is an area I enjoy at anytime, I have to say the clarity on today's visit just about as good as I've ever seen it.

The view back down to Ennerdale and the countryside leading to the west coast.

Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Haycock, seen from Brown How.

And on the left of the picture is the first of this evenings two sheepfolds. I had been past them in the past; I just needed to get a decent set of photos of them. This evening offered the perfect opportunity.

The somewhat daunting Rake Beck route up to Great Borne. The path up here isn't as bad as it look to be honest. When you consider that I'm not a climber by any stretch of the imagination and I must done this route about a dozen times over the years, it can't be that "precarious". The path follows the right hand side of the beck and if you look carefully, you can see someone on the route. It was actually someone laying the scent for a hound trail.

Pillar taken from the inside of the sheepfold.

Into the woods now where I followed a couple of minor paths, and then one of the main forestry track down to the lake.

Sheepfold number two.


A crystal clear River Liza.

And a view from the bridge; looking up the River Liza with Pillar on the right of the picture.

Looking over Ennerdale Water towards Steeple and Haycock.



Crag Fell and Anglers Crag silhouetted at the far end of Ennerdale Water.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks