Five rea­sons to head for...

Visit Lake­land’s most west­erly lake and dis­cover a place to es­cape it all...

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En­nerdale Bridge: Lakes’ wild west

For Lake­land’s wild west


Tucked away on the west­ern fringes of 1 the Lake Dis­trict, En­nerdale Bridge is a small vil­lage at the head of Lake­land’s most west­erly lake. Un­less you live on the Cum­brian coast, it will take you a lit­tle ex­tra ef­fort to get here, but from here you can ex­plore some of the wildest and most in­ac­ces­si­ble fells. Pil­lar, Steeple and High Stile are all within a day’s ex­ploit. For epic walks


Wain­wright’s clas­sic Coast to Coast walk makes its first pit-stop at En­nerdale Bridge. As you walk through the in­dus­trial towns and vil­lages from the start of the walk at St Bees, En­nerdale Bridge is a gate­way for good things to come, mark­ing a stark con­trast in chang­ing land­scape as the hills wel­come you into the com­fort of quaint Lake­land. For home com­forts


A se­lec­tion of B&Bs and inns pro­vide comfy ac­com­mo­da­tion for walk­ers. The Shep­herd’s Arms Ho­tel, Fox and Hounds, and The Gather Café all pro­vide de­cent post-walk pick-me-ups. Ven­ture into deep­est, dark­est En­nerdale though and you’ll find a ba­sic but ad­ven­tur­ous bed for the night at YHA Black Sail Hut. Only ac­ces­si­ble by foot, bike or hoof, and based at the foot of Haystacks, the hos­tel opens up more of the best hik­ing in the Lakes.

To wit­ness rewil­d­ing 4

As one of our most re­mote val­leys, En­nerdale is home to one of the UK’s long­est-run­ning wild land restora­tion projects. Over­graz­ing is be­ing tack­led by re­duc­ing sheep num­bers. Gal­loway cows have been in­tro­duced, as they stay lower down the moun­tain leav­ing more habi­tat un­grazed, but also scrub up the ter­rain with their hooves which ben­e­fits other plant and an­i­mal species. Plan­ta­tion is grad­u­ally be­ing re­placed by na­tive broadleaf and the marsh frit­il­lary but­ter­fly (left) has been suc­cess­fully rein­tro­duced.

To get away from tar­mac! 5

En­nerdale is the Lakes’ only lake not to have a proper road along it! A rea­son to head there if ever there was one, we say.

Look­ing down across En­nerdale Wa­ter, with Bow­ness Knott cen­tre left and Pil­lar the high­point be­yond.

Black Sail youth hos­tel.

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