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.
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 26th September 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 slope between Low Beck and High Beck leading to the closure of forest roads between the two watercourses and the diagonal right of way. We are also working around Cat Crags north of YHA Ennerdale. See the Valley Information Poster . All other rights of way are open.
We are making good progress on harvesting the larch at Crag, however the diagonal track through Crag continues to be closed, see Cag harvesting visitor information around the site and at Bleach Green car park. The diagonal path will reopen once we have made it safe.
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.