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Ennerdale Bridge is a village on the border of the Lake District National Park, some 13 miles on foot from the start of the Coast to Coast Walk at St Bees. The nearest town is Cleator Moor, though Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth are all approximately 10 miles away to the west and the north. Ennerdale Bridge is a pretty Lakeland village, mentioned in Wordsworth’s poem “The Brothers”, and built around the River Ehen which flows the mile from Ennerdale Water.


Ennerdale Valley. For hundreds of years sheep farming dominated life in Ennerdale.This changed between the wars when sheep farming was joined by the activities of the Forestry Commission. The planting of conifers was originally carried out in an unsympathetic fashion. Now in the twenty first century three main landowners – the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and United Utilities – have worked together to support the concept of “Wild Ennerdale”, which aims to retain Ennerdale Water and the valley as the quietest and least spoilt of all the major lakes. Felled conifers are generally not being replaced, allowing the valley to return to its original state. With the exception of authorised traffic, cars are restricted to parking at Bowness Knot, halfway along the lake, leaving the Forestry track for walkers and cyclists.

Herdwick sheep are still very much in evidence, but they are now joined by free roaming Galloway cattle, deer and red squirrel, and an exciting array of flora and fauna.

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