Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water

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Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Further Information

NOTE: Permits required for commercial groups, activity providers and large groups need a permit. Permits are available from United Utilities. Call 01768 772334.

Close to the west coast and the most westernly of the lakes in the Lake District, Ennerdale Water is a remote, scenic lake to paddle. The lake itself is so remote, that even in the height of summer, it is peaceful and tranquil and the perfect hideaway escape.

This glacial lake is 2.5 miles long and has a depth of 150 feet. Its width varies from 0.5 of a mile to a mile. It is surrounded by some of the best known fells in Cumbria such as Great Gable and High Crag, making it a visually stunning paddle.

Ennerdale Water Trivia

Horror fans might recognise Ennerdale from the closing sequences of the zombie movie 28 Days Later. Remember the panoramic views of the lake? Yep, that’s Ennerdale Water. Don’t worry, we have it on authority that the zombies have gone.

Remember, as with lakes such as Windermere and Wastwater, parts of the Lake District lakes can be quite exposed.

Make sure you’ve planned your route if you’re going touring. Plan ahead with the weather and be well prepared for a day on the water. You cann find information on paddling safely here.