The classic climbs of Pillar Rock, Kern Knotts, Napes Needle and Burtness Combe are within easy reach, making this an ideal location for anyone wanting to try some of the routes of the early pioneers of Lakeland rock climbing. Trekking for all ages and abilities available at Ennerdale.
There are walks to suit all levels of ability; the only limit is your imagination. How about a walk along the shoreline of one of the nearby lakes? Heckbarley is only 1 mile from Ennerdale Water. Loweswater can be reached in 15 minutes by car, whilst Buttermere is a 30 minute drive away. For the more adventurous fell walker, the opportunities locally are endless. You can also walk along the cliffs at St. Bees Head. For some of our own local walk ideas click here.
Boating and fishing are possible on several local lakes. Fishing permits and boats for hire:
Loweswater – Mr. & Mrs. Leck, Water End Farm, Loweswater (01946) 861465
Buttermere – Mr. & Mrs. Parker, Dalegarth, Buttermere (017687) 70233
Crummock Water – Mrs. McKenzie, Woodhouse, Buttermere
In the Summer you can visit the nesting Ospreys at Whinlatter Forest Park, near Bassenthwaite Lake. Or for seabirds and the chance to see a puffin (if you’re lucky!) visit the RSPB clifftop reserve at St. Bees Head.
“Buttermere is a beautiful lake set in a dramatic landscape. To many, particularly connoisseurs of the Lake District landscape, this is the most splendid of them all. The walk around Buttermere gives superb views of the eastern towers of Fleetwith Pike and the great fell wall made up of High Crag, High Stile, and Red Pike.” – The Hidden Places of the Lake District & Cumbria.
Ennerdale Water is two and half miles long and 148 feet deep and the water is crystal clear. Most of the shoreline is owned by the National Trust and the woods by the Forestry Commission. Unlike most major lakes in the Lake District, no public road runs along the shore, making Ennerdale a peaceful haven for wildlife.
The cottage is not far from the Whitehaven to Ennerdale cyclepath, a 10 mile long surfaced route, with unique sculptures providing interest along the way. This track is part of the C2C cycle route, the jewel of Sustrans national cycle network. For more off-road cycling, Ennerdale forest offers rides on sheltered, low level forest tracks and Whinlatter Forest Park also has a network of surfaced trails.