Ennerdale: Where the Wild Things Are

Ennerdale is a hidden gem that's just begging to be explored. With its dramatic landscapes, charming hamlets, and abundance of wildlife, it's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature.

But let's be honest, unless you live locally, it's also a bit of a trek to get to. If you're coming from the south, you'll have to take a winding, single-lane road for about 40 miles. And if you're coming from the north, well, let's just say you'd better pack a good book.

But once you get there, it's worth it. The scenery is stunning. There are also plenty of sheep, which, as everyone knows, are the funniest animals in the world. (Okay, maybe not the funniest, but they're definitely up there.)

So, if you're looking for a wild and beautiful place to escape to, Ennerdale is definitely worth the trip. Just be prepared for a bit of an adventure getting there.

But Ennerdale isn't just for nature lovers and ramblers (although they're more than welcome, of course). This quirky little corner of Cumbria has something for everyone, from foodies and fell runners to history buffs and stargazers.

So, whether you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a relaxing retreat, Ennerdale has you covered. Here are just a few of the things that make this place so special:
  • The scenery is simply stunning. The dramatic mountains, lush forests, and sparkling lakes are a photographer's paradise. And if you're feeling energetic, there are plenty of hikes and trails to explore, from gentle lakeside strolls to challenging mountain climbs.
  • Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake. It is surrounded by some of the highest and most well-known fells in Cumbria, including Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, High Crag, Steeple and Pillar.
  • The wildlife is wilder than your wildest dreams. The lake and its surrounding area are home to a variety of wildlife, including red deer, otters, birds of prey, and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants.
  • Unique. Ennerdale Water is the only lake in the Lake District that does not have a road running alongside it. This makes it a popular destination for people who are looking for a quiet and peaceful escape.
  • The stargazing is out of this world. With little light pollution, Ennerdale is a haven for stargazers. On a clear night, you can see millions of stars, planets, and even galaxies.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, lace up your walking boots, and head to Ennerdale. You won't be disappointed :) 

I hope this blog post has whetted your appetite for a trip to Ennerdale. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. And if you do visit, be sure to let me know how you get on!

Oh, and one more thing: if you do see any sheep, be sure to say hello. They're quite friendly, really. Just don't tell them I told you that.

Croasdale to Ennerdale
Above Croasdale, Towards Ennerdale


  1. What an amazing scene. A beautiful photo ❤️

    1. Mother Nature is a pretty good photographer. I just held the camera :)

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    1. "Fab," indeed!

      It's as if you dipped your fingers in a vat of thesaurus-approved adjectives and flung them at my photo with the unerring aim of a champion air-guitarist 😁


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