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.
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.