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    Ennerdale Water Circular Walk

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    11.4 km
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    259 m
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    Ennerdale Water Circular Walk

    The Ennerdale Water Circular Walk is a fun activity in the western portion of the Lake District that will see you walk around the shores of this charming lake. While out on the trail, you will traverse a good variety of terrain that includes well-maintained paths and some rockier stretches that will prove to be an exciting challenge for beginner walkers. This is an excellent trail for a fun family adventure.

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    Route Description for Ennerdale Water Circular Walk

    Walking the Ennerdale Water Circular is a popular activity for beginner walkers and families with children due to the scenic lakeside views and good variety of terrain that provides a bit of a challenge. Setting out from the car park, the trail will take you along the western shore of the lake that has a few stretches of rocky terrain below Crag Fell that will need to be navigated. Take your time in these areas and enjoy the views across the calm waters of the lake before making your way across the valley floor to cross the River Liza. From here, you will head to the northwest and pass through the Bowness Plantation, before rounding the edge of the lake on the return part of the walk back to the car park.

    Getting to the Ennerdale Water Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Ennerdale Water Circular Walk from the village of Ennerdale Bridge, drive east for 0.8 km and turn right to continue on for another 0.5 km. Make a left here, followed by a right turn in 0.3 km. You will find the car park on the left in 0.5 km.

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