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Ennerdale WaterPublic Transport

As a wild remote valley Ennerdale is not directly served by public transport.

Rail Links

  • Whitehaven (7.5 miles from Ennerdale) which
    is served by trains from Carlisle & Lancaster.
  • Penrith (40 miles from Ennerdale) which has
    bus connections to Ennerdale via Cockermouth.

Bus Links

  • From Penrith (Rail connection) X4 or X5 Stagecoach to Keswick and Cockermouth.
  • Nearest bus stops are Lamplugh (4½ miles to Bowness Knott) and Rowrah (4 miles to Bleach Green) using the J B Pickhall 218 service.
  • Alternatively enjoy a high level walk into the valley from Honistor (2½ miles to Blacksail ) or Buttermere (2 miles to Blacksail ) using the Honistor Rambler.

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By Road

Ennerdale Valley is served by two free car parks both at the western end of the valley.

Bowness Knott (Lat:54.5261624 Lng:-3.3776521 or CA23 3AU) is an ideal starting point to explore the valley on foot, bike or horse. There are a few seats only 100 metres from the car park which gives a superb view up the valley, ideal for those who do not want to walk far.

Please avoid using the unclassified lane past Croft Foot to and from Mireside as these are not suitable for cars.

Bleach Green (Lat:54.5247926 Lng:-3.4144735 or CA23 3AS) is an ideal starting point to complete the "round the lake" walk. It is not suitable for cyclists or riders as there are no suitable
bridleways or tracks to link into. There are a few seats along the lake shore which give fantastic views of the lake and valley.

Please be aware that the roads leading to Ennerdale are narrow and have a number of blind bends. Ennerdale continues to be a productive forest and on occasion you may meet a lorry carrying timber.

There is no public vehicle access beyond Bowness Knott unless you are staying overnight at Ennerdale YHA or Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. Please respect this restriction as visitor surveys have shown that vehicles are the largest detracting feature within the valley. Unauthorised access beyond Bowness Knott is a breach of the Forestry Commission bylaws and should you have an accident you may find you are not covered by your insurance.

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