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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 at ½ mile to a mile (700 to 1,500 metres) wide and 2½ miles (3.9 kilometres) long is one of the smallest lakes in the area. To the west of the lake lies the small village of Ennerdale Bridge, consisting of two pubs and a few houses. It is close to the port of Whitehaven, the town of Cleator Moor and the village of Cleator.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".GeographyThe 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. Ennerdale Water is fed by the River Liza and other streams, and in turn feeds the River Ehen, which runs to the Irish Sea.
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  • Ennerdale Water is the source of drinking water for the area and as such it is clear and clean. The surrounding fells and footpaths are, depending on the direction you're going, either one of the earl...  more »
  • Stunning. Thus lake is situated just that 20 min further in to the depths of Lake District. Most people don't make the effort and what a treat they miss. There is a car park at the bottom of lake and ...  more »
  • Sunny day with snow on the mountains...north shore is easy walking on bridleways but south shore can get very tricky in places. Only 6.5miles but we took 3hrs.  more »
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  • An awesome location for a good walk.
  • Lovely peaceful place, far less busy than the rest of the Lakes
  • Great place for a walk! Got to be really cerfull mabey like in one place.
  • Tranquility