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.
At a glance
- 5 walking trails
- Horse riding
- Picnic area
Felling in process
In order to limit the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum we are felling Larch in the area east of Smithy Beck. Whilst it is a shame to lose these trees the felling will create new views and habitats. Over the next three to five years we will replant the felled areas with a mix of native tree species which will in time develop an interesting and diverse forest which will support a wide range of habitats and species.
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
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.