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Ennerdale water is a glacial lake that is situated in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria and is in an area earmarked for a possible attempt to reintroduce the Lynx to the UK.  Stretching approximately 1 mile wide and 2.5 miles long with a maximum depth of 150 feet it is one of the smallest and least disturbed lakes in the area. Ennerdale Water is currently owned by United Utilities who draw water to supply to the Whitehaven area. However, this practise will stop by 2025 as the Environment Agency has confirmed it will withdraw the abstraction licence to protect the environment of Ennerdale and the River Ehen.

The valley and lake is multi-managed by the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and United Utilities.

Fell Walking and Rock Climbing

The lake is surrounded by some of the best known fells in Cumbria including, Great Gable, with its summit strewn with large boulders and a World War I commemorative plaque dedicated to the men of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who gave their lives in battle.

Ancient Volcanic Activity

The summit of Green Gable is marked by a cairn. There are rewarding views across the Buttermere valley and High Crag, with its summit rocks consisting of the Birker Fell Formation with plagioclase-phyric andesite lavas with interbeds of volcaniclastic sandstone.
Eurasian Lynx

Ecologically Important

Because of its remote location and lack of road access, the environment is broadly undisturbed by construction and tourist activity on the lake – unlike some other parts of the National Park.

The area has been designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and in 2003, the valley’s three major landowners formed the ‘Wild Ennerdale Partnership’.’

Working with Natural England, the government’s advisor on the environment, the aim is to allow the evolution of the environment to be a wild valley relying more on the natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology.

Ennerdale has been identified as one of three places in England and Scotland where the Lynx UK Trust has announced it wants to trial the reintroduction of the wild Eurasian lynx. This beautiful animal is native to European and Siberian forests and its numbers are on the decline although the species not yet endangered.

Myths and Legends

The area is infamous for strange activity that took place in 1810 when a mysterious creature killed over 300 sheep during a period of six months. All the animals had their blood drained which earned their mystery killer the name ‘Vampire Dog of Ennerdale’ also known as the ‘Girt Dog of Ennerdale.’

A large creature weighing eight stone was finally hunted down and killed by the locals and it is now commonly believed that the sheep killer could have been a thylacine also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf that had escaped from a private menagerie.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hard Knott Pass Aproach Road, Boot, Holmrook
Cumbria, England, CA19 1TH
+44 (0)1946 723 253

Contact Details

  • Address: (Off) Low Moor End, Cleator, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, CA23 3AS
  • GPS: 54.526908,-3.394511
  • Part of UK: England
  • Sat Nav Postcode: CA23 3AS
  • Entrance Fees: Free Access
  • Disabled Access: Limited - no direct access via road
  • Visibility from Road: Limited
  • Image Credits: Header Image: Drew Rawcliffe / Lynx Image: Bernard Landgraf

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