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Ennerdale Water

One of the most westerly located lakes in England’s world famous tourist destination, of Lake District national park, is Ennerdale Water. This is a glacial lake, approximately under a mile wide and 2 ½
miles long , making it one of the smallest lakes in the park. Ennerdale Water is located close to the town of Cleator Moore, the village of Cleator Moor and the port of Whitehaven. Ennerdale Water of Lake District is owned by United Utilities and acts as a water reservoir catering to over 30,000 consumers daily. Ennerdale Water in Lake District is also a location of special scientific interest owing to the diversity of its lakeshore habitats.
Owing to its relatively remote location, Ennerdale Water of Lake District is not affected by high tourist traffic, unlike other lakes in the Lake District, and has therefore retained its natural environment. The reason for this is the absence of a public road in the valley, and expert, environmental management by the National Trust, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission. In 2003, the ‘Wild Ennerdale Partnership’ was established by the three landowners. The vision and objective of the new entity was to allow the lake and its surroundings to evolve naturally for shaping its ecology and landscapes. As a result, Ennerdale Water is arguably one of the most natural lakes in appearance, as opposed to others in Lake District.
The pretty little village of Ennerdale Bridge is situated on the western side of Ennerdale Water of Lake District and has just a couple of pubs, a few houses and a shop or two. During the last week of August every year, local people gather together for the Ennerdale show to display artifacts, crafts, agricultural produce, and to take part in competitions. Ennerdale Water of Lake District is frequented by tourists, cyclists and hikers, but not in the large numbers that some of the lakes in Lake District receive.
Insofar as its water source, the River Liza and other streams, feeds Ennerdale Water which, in turn, feeds the River Ehen that flows into the Irish Sea. Owing to its magnificent, panoramic views and landscapes, Ennerdale Water of the Lake District has been used occasionally as a location for film shoots, and was included in the the movie ‘28 Days Later’ in 2002. Because of its remote location, Ennerdale Water of Lake District is a beautiful place to escape, especially for visitors from large, busy cities.
The Forestry Commission owns a significant part of the land around the lake and has undertaken large-scale planting of Conifer trees in the valley of the River Liza, which lies at the far end of Ennerdale Water. For convenience, self-service boxes have been provided at the Bowness Knott car park, while maps can also be obtained at tourist information centers, detailing forest walking trails around Ennerdale Water in Lake District. Ennerdale Water is encircled by imposing fells and dense greenery and never fails to impress all who visit it.