Welcome to Ennerdale

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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.

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make and only travel a short distance within your local area to exercise. Ennerdale and our car parks are open for you to exercise once-per-day, if you live locally.

Please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when considering a visit.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

Archaeology Excavation Update

Thanks to Oxford Archaeology we've just published a report that suggests forest clearance of oak trees in Ennerdale may have occurred in the Late Mesolithic period , much earlier than previously thought.

You can read the full report on our Archaeology 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

Timber Harvesting 8th January 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 has started on the southern slopes between Silver Cove and Low Beck and on the Pillar Road. See the Valley Information Poster .which is also displayed at car parks and around the valley.  This has led to a closure of a number of rights of way on the south side of the valley. We are also dispatching timber from and tidying up sites around Cat Crags north of YHA Ennerdale and Smithy Beck. Please be aware of timber lorries using narrow roads to and from Ennerdale and within the forest. All other rights of way are open.

We have finished harvesting the larch at Crag at the west end of the valley and have reinstated the diagonal path through the site.

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.

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.

Stewardship Plan

Our 2018-2028 Stewardship Plan is now approved and available to view. We are now working on actions aimed at delivering the plans objectives.


Check out the news from the valley with our latest Newsletter

European wilding 

Wild Ennerdale is excited to be a member of the European Rewilding Network.  Wild Ennerdale has its own page along with other UK projects such as Knepp and Trees for Life - Restoring the Caledonian Forest

New 40 hectare native tree planting project
Join the wild discussion on facebook
Explore the valley through over 2300 images
Working to restore habitats in the River Ehen?

Other Nearby Landscape Restoration Projects


Wild Haweswater

An exciting partnership between RSPB and United Utilities to restore the Haweswater catchment and encourage people to discover wildlife.



Inspiring Community led rewilding project in the Scottish Lowlands north east of Moffat