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.
We love welcoming you to Ennerdale but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit
You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating.
Somewhere-nowhere projects highlight remarkable environmental spaces and the human stories that are linked with them. The project visited Ennerdale in 2020 and interviewed three people associated with the valley. You can hear their stories below.
Timber Harvesting 1st May 2021
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 is focussed on the north side of the valley between Ennerdale YHA and Blacksail with much of the forest road on the north side of the valley east of Ennerdale YHA closed. Please follow diversions and use the forest road and Liza path on the south side of the valley.
Thank you for your patience. We hope to complete all tree felling by early June 2021 with some timber extraction and lorry transport continuing into late July 2021.
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.
The Oldest Stonechat in Britain --- well nearly!
In the Spring and Summer of 2020, a breeding bird survey was carried out in the Silvercove Valley. It was expected that one of the species to be encountered on this survey would be stonechat. Much of the valley is covered in old growth heather, prime nesting habitat for this species. Furthermore, stonechat are known to breed in adjacent locations in the Ennerdale Valley.
It was no surprise that a male was encountered on the first survey on 27/04/20. Two breeding territories were located over the course of the 3 survey visits and both pairs successfully fledged young. Read more about The Oldest Stonechat in Britain
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.