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.

Easter Hunt

Our annual Easter Hunt will take place on Easter Sunday (1st April). The event will follow the usual route of Smithy Beck with family fun activities along the way. Not forgetting the Cadbury chocolate treat at the end!

Event open between 11am-3pm. Start/Finish: Bowness Knott, Ennerdale CA23 3AU

If you can't join us on Easter Sunday check out other Easter Hunts near you


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New Stewardship Plan

We will be sharing our new stewardship plan in April, there will be two ’drop-in’ sessions held at: The Gather, Ennerdale Bridge on Tuesday 24th April , 2pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm . Please come along for a chat. The draft plan, text and maps, will be available to comment on through the Forestry Commission Citizen Space from the 23rd April to the 6th May 2018. 

Spirit of Place









Through a number of events in 2016 and 2017, we explored the valley's "Spirit of Place" led by our National Trust partners and have produced an ebook to share our experiences

European Rewilding 

Wild Ennerdale is excited to have become a member of the European Rewilding Network. The network offers members the opportunity to gain experiences, expertise and resources from other similar projects across Europe. Wild Ennerdale has its own page within the network website along with other UK projects such as Knepp and Trees for Life - Restoring the Caledonian Forest

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