A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

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This lovely, low-level walk completes a full circuit of Ennerdale Water. The lake is located a the far western end of the valley, allowing for near complete isolation of the area, thus no real settlements other than the odd building. This creates a memorable walking experience although the walk doesn't explore the whole valley. The start of the walk is only a couple of minutes from the lakeshore before it starts on the 12km circuit. The first half of the walk follows an excellent footpath and trackway which makes for very easy walking and with no real ascent, it's almost effortless too!

The second half is a different story though. Although still on a good path, it is much rockier underfoot with frequent ups-and-downs, with one section just below Angler's Crag which involves a 50m or so continuous ascent to the highest point on the walk, offering the most extensive view of the lake and down a section of the Ennerdale Valley. The descent from the rocky viewpoint involves some very easy scrambling before making its way back to the car park.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Wildlife, Woodland
3/15/2014 - Pat McTiernan

Many thanks to Mr Jackson for this walk; which I did in March 2014. The walk could not be easier to follow and it is very low level and very dog friendly, views of the lake are good all round and parking is free. Care should be taken on the light scramble over ‘Anglers Cragg’ especially if the weather is poor, as the drop is very sheer; all in all it adds to the challenge of the walk.

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