17th May 2017

An evening along the side of Ennerdale

Time 5:05 to 7:05pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent Almost no ascent
Walking with Kayleigh Turnbull
Errr, , , , along the side of Ennerdale and back.
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.


Earlier today the sky was full of dark clouds and it didn't look to promising at all so we had the "what d'ya reckon, should we still go" conversation. It was too early to decide so it was left until mid afternoon. Once we'd decided we were getting out a few ideas were suggested but the most appealing was the idea of walking around the 'easy' side of Ennerdale for one hour and then turning round. I'm no mathematical genius so I used a spreadsheet to calculate that this would give us 2 hours walking, which is about right for an evening after work. And as it's nice and easy along here we would could cover a respectable distance.

Anglers Crag and Crag Fell.

Straight ahead of us are Great Borne (Herdus) and Bowness Knott.

Peeping over the wall for a view of Bowness. No need for a ladder to clean those windows.

We're almost at the end of the lake now after looking at my watch, the hour in this direction was fast approaching.

Back at Bowness and the evening is definitely brightening up.

A close up of Anglers Crag.

Here's a long distance view down the lake showing Bowness Knott, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple Haycock (more or less) and Anglers Crag.



Well, that was a nice walk with the added bonus of warm sunshine, which wasn't expected.


And to finish, we can't help but notice these strange looking clouds up above Grike.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks