Storms Isha and Jocelyn: Smithy Beck trail closed due to storm damage

Visitor information

Discover one of England's most vibrant natural environments

Lying on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park, Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK!

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria, Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbrian valleys. There is a sense of tranquility, self-will and wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia.

The Wild Ennerdale partnership invites you to explore this unique valley and experience its special sense of wildness.

Stream running through Ennerdale

Wild Ennerdale Partnership

Wild Ennerdale is a partnership of people and organisations led by Forestry England, National Trust and United Utilities as the three primary land owners in the Ennerdale Valley, as well as Natural England, the Government’s advisor on the environment. The partnership has a vision to "allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology."

Food and drink

tea and coffee enjoyed at a forest cafe

The Gather Café and Shop

A local Community owned and run visitor information centre, shop and café in Ennerdale Bridge. Supported by Forestry England and Wild Ennerdale.

Things to do

Explore more than 10 miles of forest roads and trails!

Stunning views, clear waters and ancient settlements provide the perfect location for an unforgettable ride.

 

A short, surfaced trail for all abilities. The trail takes you along the lake shore, offering stunning views across the water.

Starts from Bleach Green car park.

Lakeside walks, peaceful woodland and picturesque views, discover all Ennerdale has to offer on foot. 

Spending time amongst the trees and really noticing nature is scientifically proven to boost our mental and physical health. Follow the trail to take a mindful walk through the forest that invites you to really relax.

What to expect

Themed panels along the trail will invite you to pause, notice and connect with the forest environment around you.

A forest wellbeing journal is also available to help you get even more benefit from the experience, offering additional mindful things to do while you’re out in the forest and at home.

Download your forest wellbeing journal before you visit.

About the route

The wellbeing trail follows the Smithy Beck Trail, which is approximately 2 miles. The trail can be accessed from Bowness Knott car park. On the trail you can explore this peaceful woodland and see a lakeshore waterfall as well as historic sites.

This trail is supported by Sport England using National Lottery funding.

Nearby forests

Reservoir

Cogra Moss is a beautiful enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermouth Angling Association.

The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide you with great access around the reservoir in a loop.

For the more adventurous, the walk up onto the top of Blake Fell is harder but provides fantastic views of the northern lake district fells, Scotland, the Solway Coast and Isle of Man.

View of Pillar from Blengdale Forest viewpoint

Discover a variety of outdoor experiences at Blengdale Forest, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads. 

From the highest points, Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshment stop off in Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies, famous throughout Cumbria.

A dog walking along a trail with two adults behind - one walking and one using an off-road mobility scooter

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

Beech trees

It is enjoyed by walkers, runners, horse riders, schools and nature enthusiasts.

Please note: there is a network of unofficial mountain bike trails at Setmurthy that Forestry England does not endorse.

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