Find Ennerdale

As a wild remote valley Ennerdale is not directly served by public transport. Download our Visit Ennerdale Guide for more information.


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.


From Penrith (Rail connection) X4 or X5 Stagecoach to Keswick and Cockermouth.
Cumbria Passenger Transport Maps
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Ennerdale Valley is served by two free car parks both at the western end of the valley

Bowness Knott Car Park

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 Car Park

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.

Vehicle Access Beyond Bowness Knott

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 by-laws and should you have an accident you may find you are not covered by your insurance.

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