14th May 2013

An evening walk around Ennerdale Water


Walk Overview
Time 4.50 to 7.20 pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 640 ft
Walking with On my own
Bleach Green Cottages - Anglers Crag - Shoreline Path - River Liza - Road to Bowness Knott car park - Shoreline path back to Bleach Green cottages
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water has a reputation for being an out of the way place and is arguably the most difficult of all the lakes to reach. Well, not so if you live on this side of the Lake District. For me, the lake and its surrounding fells are actually the closest to home. The upshot of its reputation is place where you ( or me ) can usually walk without meeting the crowds found in some other areas of the Lake District.

Unless there happened to be some sort of special event on, I'd go as far as to say this is some where you're guaranteed to get a parking space, and it's free.


Route Map

I almost didn't bother getting out for a walk this evening. As I was driving home the weather was good but not great and just when I'd almost decided to go straight home from work, the little voice we all have in our heads persuaded me to nip around to Ennerdale. Okay, perhaps I shouldn't have said that, just in case everyone else doesn't a little voice telling them what to do.
Anyway: I'm more than pleased I decided to come here this evening; whatever or whoever prompted me to do it

Crystal clear water flowing over the weir.

Mmmmm, I wonder what all this is about.

I followed an anticlockwise route around the lake which would take me towards, but not up Anglers Crag; over there on the right hand side of the lake.

Looking across the lake towards Knock Murton.

Following the path around the bottom of Anglers Crag.

A long distance view down Ennerdale Water. Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile are on the left hand side. Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple are up there on the right.

Bowness Knott and Great Borne.



Pillar, seen from the track near Irish Bridge; arguably the furthermost point from the car.

This is Irish Bridge, one of a few crossing points on the River Liza.

Looking in the opposite direction you see Pillar sticking up above the trees.


That's helpful, I hadn't even noticed the trees had been cut down, never mind wondered why.


After crossing the bridge I followed the forestry track towards the car park at Bowness Knott; behind me and about 1.5 mile in distance.



Passing by Bowness. I don't think it's a farm, but as far as houses go, this one is found in one of the most fantastic places in the country.

and from the side.

Bowness Knott; in the evening sunshine it was showing up as clear as the proverbial bell.

That's me taking a picture of Bowness Knott.

It's still me, it's still Bowness Knott, but now you can also see the Herdus end of Great Borne.

I'm walking along the broad end of the lake now and on this walk the most spectacular view are definitely kept for end.

A superb way to end the day.

"It didn't affect my visit but thanks for the thought, and for clearing up the mystery of the pontoons"

Back at the weir now and time for just a couple more pictures before I head home for tea.

A close up of the pontoon to finish.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks