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Ennerdale Water

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Ennerdale is the most westerly of the lakes, and the most remote, so it offers, even in high season, a place to escape. It is a deep glacial lake, 2.5 miles long 3/4 mile wide and 148 feet deep. The water is exceptionally clear, and contains a variety of fish. It serves as a reservoir for the coastal towns of West Cumbria, and is the only lake that does not have a road running alongside it.

Much of the land around the lake is owned by the Forestry Commission, and this has led to large scale planting of conifers, particularly at the far end of the lake, in the valley of the River Lisa.

Maps are available at tourist information centres, and in self service boxes at the Bowness Knott car park, describing forest walks around Ennerdale. The lake is only a short distance from the cyclepath from Whitehaven to Rowrah, which continues along minor roads to Ennerdale.

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