Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water is one of my most favourite places in Cumbria. It is unspoiled and devoid of the thousands of visitors that descend upon the normal tourist haunts of the county.

Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. It is a glacial lake, with a maximum depth of 150 feet (45 metres), and is ½ mile to a mile (700 to 1,500 metres) wide and 2½ miles (3.9 kilometres) long.

The lake lies in the eponymous valley of Ennerdale, surrounded by some of the highest and best-known fells in Cumbria including: Great Gable (899 m), Green Gable, Brandreth, High Crag, Steeple and Pillar. To the west of the lake lies the hamlet of Ennerdale Bridge, consisting of two pubs and a few houses. It is close to the port of Whitehaven.

The lake itself was artificially raised in 1902 by adding a shallow weir. Since 1864, Ennerdale has supplied West Cumbria with drinking water. This is due to stop in 2022 after the Environment Agency revoked the extraction licence due to major concerns over the viability of fresh-water pearls in the River Ehen. The construction of a new pipeline from Thirlmere commenced in 2017.