Ennerdale is home to the most impressive collection of valley bottom Bronze Age (2000 BC to 800 BC) and Non Monastic mediaeval (AD 410 to AD 1600) Archaeology in the Lake District, and one of the most important in England.
The concept of ‘wild land’ in Ennerdale encompasses both the ecological and cultural history of the valley. The landscape attributes we see today are a result of mans ongoing relationship with the land, influencing the various attributes of flora, fauna and heritage features.
The range of monuments and features within the Ennerdale valley demonstrates how the landscape has been influenced and altered by man for over 11000 years. Over five hundred individual archaeological sites have been recorded through survey work, many of which are of regional and national importance. Importantly Ennerdale is home to the most impressive collection of valley bottom Bronze Age (2000 BC to 800 BC) and Non Monastic mediaeval (AD 410 to AD 1600) Archaeology in the Lake District, and one of the most important in England.
- 2020 River Liza Cairns Excavations Report
- 2020 Ennerdale River Liza Cairns Excavation Report Figures
- 2015 Volunteer Archaeology Survey Photos
- Historic Sites Guide
- Historic Landscape Report
- Historic Landscape Guide Maps
- Archaeology Management Plan 2007 to 2014
- Map of Principal Sites 2007-2014
- Monitoring Schedule 2007-2014
2020 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 here - 2020 River Liza Cairns Excavations
2015 Photo Survey
During Spring 2015 our volunteer group photographed all 14 principle sites recording over 300 images -Wow!
As part of conserving the historic landscape of Ennerdale the Wild Ennerdale Partnership commissioned a Historic Landscape Survey and associated Maps which was completed in 2003. Following on from this report an Archaeology Management Plan was produced in 2007. This document is aimed at describing how the archaeological record in Ennerdale will be managed so that it is protected for future generations whilst allowing the valley to continue to develop and respond to change. This plan identifies 14 principal historic sites which each have their own management plan and a monitoring schedule with each site being visited on a seven year rotation, two sites per year.
In 2014 English Heritage designated a number of the principal sites in Ennerdale as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. In response we have reviewed our Management Plan to align our site naming with that of English Heritage and will be publishing our new plan during 2015.
We have agreed a new Archaeology Management Plan for 2015 to 2025 which we will publish here during 2016.
World Heritage Status
Wild Ennerdale lies within the UNESCO Lake District World Heritage Status and forms part of the Ennerdale Valley designated area.
Please note that the area identified as the Ennerdale Valley in the nomination document is larger than Wild Ennerdale and as some themes may feature less within Wild Ennerdale.