Welcome to Ennerdale

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Coronavirus Update 27th May

Thank you for your patience, we have reinstated the surface at Bowness Knott car park following the timber harvesting works. Both our car parks at Bowness Knott and Bleach Green are now open. As many people look to access to the countryside again please be aware that there maybe times when there are not enough spaces. in all our car parks for all those that want to visit. Please consider visiting during lower usage times such as mornings an do not block access along roads or through gateways.

If you are using the public road from Ennerdale Bridge to Bowness Knott please look out for timber lorries using this road. Please be aware that we are planning to start timber harvesting at Crag in early June. Please avoid blocking the access for timber lorries past Bleach Green car park.



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 5th June

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

We are currently working between Smithy Beck and Ennerdale YHA on the north side of the valley. All rights of way are open.

We will be starting harvesting work at Crag, south of Bleach Green soon where we will be felling the area of larch behind Crag Farm to reduce the risk of Phytophthora larch disease spreading from the is woodland. In addition we expect to move harvesting activity further up the valley sometime in late June/early July.

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