Ennerdale offers a number of great opportunities for orienteering. Our work to restore a more natural landscape has opened up the valley bottom and the well thinned forests provide some great navigational challenges.
In October 2017 our courses were updated and refurbished with new waymarkers and punches. Please download the new maps below to ensure you have the latest course and waypoint details.
There are two sets of courses available in the valley starting from our two car parks at Bowness Knott and Bleach Green. In addition the Bowness Knott courses include a second start point near Ennerdale YHA. Please note only customers of the YHA or Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre may drive up the valley beyond Bowness Knott. Cars must be left in accommodation parking.
Our orienteering courses are suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to fit and expert navigators. The easy courses stay on paths and forest roads which can sometimes be uneven. The harder courses cross rough terrain which may include steep slopes, scree and will be difficult to navigate through.
Bleach Green Course
Situated at the west end of the valley these are suitable for the novice through to intermediate orienteers. Bleach Green is ideal for people who haven't done much orienteering before.There are two courses.
The Bleach Green Easy Course is all on smooth, level paths. The navigation is mostly easy, but you do have to find your way through some path junctions, especially between number 1 and number 2.
The Bleach Green Harder Course goes into some rough, boggy ground, and some of the checkpoints are harder to find.
Bowness Knott Course
Bowness Knott Courses are situated in the middle and western valley and are suitable for novice through to experienced orienteers. Maps are available as either two A4 Maps or one A3 Map. For A4 downloads, print the Information Sheet and then either or both of the Ennerdale West and Ennerdale East A4 maps.
If you have enjoyed orienteering in Ennerdale you might want to join the West Cumberland Orienteering Club. The club organises regular Thursday evening events throughout the year. There are courses to suit all abilities, usually including an easy course suitable for novices. The club has an extensive junior programme with a large and very active team.
Other Permanent Orienteering Courses
If you have enjoyed our Ennerdale courses why not try out the permanent courses at Whinlatter near Keswick.