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.

Timber Harvesting updated 06/02/2020

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 and grassy Bowness Field. We plan to reopen the 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 have become 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?