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.

At a glance

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Horse riders welcome
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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."

What's on

Forest event
Friday 21 June
Start 7.30pm
Meet at The Gather

Women of West Cumbria, join us at Ennerdale for a chance to get outside, explore the local area, and experience the forest at dusk. This is a free event open to west Cumbrian women...

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...

Nearby forests


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...

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...

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...

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...

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