Welcome to Ennerdale

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Coronavirus Update

Bowness Knott and Bleach Green car parks are both closed. Our Easter Egg hunt has been postponed for a year. Whilst we love sharing Ennerdale with you in normal times these are exceptional times. To protect yourself and others please do not travel to Ennerdale by car, please exercise from your home.

If you are exercising along the public road from Ennerdale Bridge to Bowness Knott please look out for timber lorries using this road.

Forestry England and National Trust are part of a group of 35 outdoor recreation organisations who have issued a statement with the following guidelines.Read more here



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.

Timber Harvesting updated 04/03/2020

A new period of timber harvesting  has started in the valley and will run through until Spring 2021. This will involve the diversion of some paths and tracks and temporary closure of some areas of the valley.

Sorry if our work affects your plans to visit Ennerdale. Bowness Knott car park is currently closed as we need this area for timber stacking. Its the only level site which timber lorries can access at this end of the forest. There is limited car parking available in the small overflow, 6 to 8 spaces. Te Smithy Beck trail loop up to the waterfall is also closed until late March. Unfortunately the temporary grass car park has been closed due to the continuing heavy rain making it too muddy. We will reopen the temporary car park if it dries up. We plan to reopen the main car park for Easter.

Please check the visitor information signs which will be located and updated at the car parks, main entrances to the valley, the Gather 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