Ennerdale Water, Ennerdale Bridge

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Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. It is a glacial lake, with a maximum depth of 150 feet (45 metres), and is ½ mile to a mile (700 to 1,500 metres) wide and 2½ miles (3.9 kilometres) long.The lake lies in the eponymous valley of Ennerdale, surrounded by some of the highest and best-known fells in Cumbria including: Great Gable (899 m), Green Gable, Brandreth, High Crag, Steeple and Pillar. To the west of the lake lies the hamlet of Ennerdale Bridge, consisting of two pubs and a few houses. It is close to the port of Whitehaven.Etymology" 'Anund's valley'. The name Ennerdale seems originally to have derived from 'Anundar', gen. sing. of the ON pers. n. 'Anundr'/'Qnundr', and ON 'dalr' 'valley', but there has been cross-influence between this p.n. and 'Ehen', the name of the river which flows through the valley." (ON is Old Norse.)The lake has been referred to in guidebooks and maps variously as "Brodewater" (1576), "Brodwater" (1695), "Broad Water" (1760), "Ennerdale Water" (1784) and "Ennerdale Lake" in Otley's Guide (1823). It is now the Ordnance Survey convention to name it "Ennerdale Water".
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  • The day bagan with a link walk from our Inn to Ennerdale Water and then a long scramble on rock and slippery tree roots and over some fairly dangerous rocky outcrops along the Water's south edge. We h...  more »
  • Travelled for a four day break in Ennerdale despite the weather reports (after consulting the Landlord at our accommodation) and boy was it worth it. The scenery was stunning, and the snow topped fell...  more »
  • Visited twice over Christmas period. Lovely quiet place to stand and stare! Snow on the hill tops made for some great photos.  more »
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  • Beautiful lake, more remote than most therefore less visited. One side is hard-going due to the rocky nature of the path, the other is easier but less attractive as you are walk on a track. Be sure to take time to visit the valley where the river enters the lake.
  • Cleanest lake in the Lake District. Beautiful scenery, great walks. Parking close by, but not easiest place to get to.
  • Lovely peaceful place, far less busy than the rest of the Lakes
  • An awesome location for a good walk.
  • Great place for a walk! Got to be really cerfull mabey like in one place.
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