Welcome to Ennerdale

Check out the news from the valley with our latest Newsletter

Welcome to  Ennerdale 

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbria valleys and has a distinctive character of its own. There is a sense of tranquillity, ruggedness, self-will, wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia. Wild Ennerdale is one of the UK’s largest wildland partnerships.

It is widely recognised for its partnership working, future natural approach and for pioneering innovative ways of upland management which blur boundaries between forestry and farming. 

The Wild Ennerdale partnership invites you to explore this unique valley and experience its special sense of wildness.

Archaeology Excavation Update

Thanks to Oxford Archaeology we've just published a report that suggests forest clearance of oak trees in Ennerdale may have occurred in the Late Mesolithic period , much earlier than previously thought.

You can read the full report on our Archaeology page.

Visiting during Covid-19 - Help us make your visit safe and relaxing

We want everyone to enjoy their visit and you can help by:

  • Following the Government’s guidance on staying safe outside your home.
  • Take your litter home with you, so the valley remains litter-free for everyone.
  • Bringing a picnic. BBQs and fires are not allowed – there is a high risk of forest fires.
  • Parking responsibly. When car parks are full, do not park on verges or local roads. Your car could block emergency vehicles or cause traffic problems. The best option is to visit a different forest or return at a quieter time.
  • Wearing suitable footwear - and a helmet when cycling.
  • Taking it easy. If forest activities are new to you, start gradually to avoid accidents or getting lost.
  • Being kind and patient. This is a new experience for all of us. Together we will make this work.



Timber Harvesting 24th November 2020

All car parks, most rights of way and way marked trails are open

Timber harvesting is continuing in the valley and will run through until Summer 2021. This will involve the temporary diversion of some paths and tracks and closure of some areas of the valley to public access.

Harvesting has started on the southern slopes between Silver Cove and Low Beck and on the Pillar Road. See the Valley Information Poster .which is also displayed at car parks and around the valley.  This has led to a closure of a number of rights of way on the south side of the valley. We are also dispatching timber from and tidying up sites around Cat Crags north of YHA Ennerdale and Smithy Beck. Please be aware of timber lorries using narrow roads to and from Ennerdale and within the forest. All other rights of way are open.

We have finished harvesting the larch at Crag at the west end of the valley and have reinstated the diagonal path through the site.

Please check the visitor information signs which will be located and updated at the car parks, main entrances to the valley, and on our Facebook page.

For more information visit our Forest page.

Spirit of Place

Through a number of events in 2016 and 2017 we  explored the valley's "Spirit of Place"  and have produced this ebook to share our experiences. The book can also be purchased from the Gather in Ennerdale Bridge.

Stewardship Plan

Our 2018-2028 Stewardship Plan is now approved and available to view. We are now working on actions aimed at delivering the plans objectives.


Check out the news from the valley with our latest Newsletter

European wilding 

Wild Ennerdale is excited to be a member of the European Rewilding Network.  Wild Ennerdale has its own page along with other UK projects such as Knepp and Trees for Life - Restoring the Caledonian Forest

New 40 hectare native tree planting project
Join the wild discussion on facebook
Explore the valley through over 2300 images
Working to restore habitats in the River Ehen?

Other Nearby Landscape Restoration Projects


Wild Haweswater

An exciting partnership between RSPB and United Utilities to restore the Haweswater catchment and encourage people to discover wildlife.



Inspiring Community led rewilding project in the Scottish Lowlands north east of Moffat