Bowness Knott Loop Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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5.6 km
Elevation
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302 m
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Bowness Knott Loop Trail

The Bowness Knott Loop is a forested walking trail in the Lake District with scenic views over Ennerdale Water. The trail climbs uphill and traverses the woodland terrain of the Bowness Plantation, while offering a beautiful sightline across the water toward a number of fells. This quick and easy-to-navigate trail is perfect for beginners and casual walkers.

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Route Description for Bowness Knott Loop Trail

The Bowness Knott Loop is a fantastic walking route in the Lake District that is perfectly suited for beginner and casual walkers due to the relatively short distance of the trail, peaceful woodland setting, and the scenic views of Ennerdale Water and the surrounding fells. The trail sets out from the car park and follows the road to the northwest before starting the climb uphill to the summit of Bowness Knott. Here, you will enjoy stunning views across the surface of Ennerdale Water, with Crag Fell in the backdrop and Great Borne behind you to the northeast. Continue along the trail as it takes you east through the Bowness Plantation before crossing smithy beck for the return leg of the walk along the edge of the lake.

Getting to the Bowness Knott Loop Trail Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Bowness Knott Loop from Ennerdale Bridge, make your way to the east for 3.5 km and turn right here. Follow along this road for another 3.1 km to find the car park on the left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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