Center Activities

Ennerdale is ideally placed for outdoor activities. Many of these can be easily accessed directly from the site:


  • Canoeing is permitted on Ennerdale water in certain areas (see Warden for details)
  • Lake is classified B1 May 31st – October and B2 at other times.
  • Appropriate Charge Certificate must be held (inspectable by the Warden)
  • A Permit from United Utilities is needed (See Booking Form)


  • Fell walking surrounding the camp-site.
  • Suitable for all levels of experience but correct authorisation must be held.
  • Climbing for experienced people only Pillar Rock (classic climb) – NO suitable crags for Beginners
  • Climbing for novices a short trip away at Keswick

Other activities on or about the site

  • Pioneering Poles & Ropes available
  • Orienteering – Contact the forestry commission for details

Surrounding area

  • The river Ehen is a site of Special Scientific Interest, rich with wildlife including mussels.  – You are cordially requested to take special care not to alter the ecosystem round these special habitats. All use of the river for canoeing, rafting, bathing etc. is prohibited, use of the ox-bow is however still permitted under certain conditions.

Off site Activities

As well as the immediate area of Ennerdale the site is situated close to many areas that also have attractions that you may wish to visit.


Whitehaven is approximately 9 miles west from Ennerdale and has the following visitor attractions and leisure facilities:


Maryport is just under 20 miles north from the camp site and host:


Muncaster is around 17 miles south from Ennerdal and is home to Muncaster Castle & Owl Centre (

St Bees

St Bees is 10 miles West of Ennerdale and is the western most point of Cumbria.

The small village has history dating back a thousand years as well as miles of golden sands.

Other Attractions

As well as these areas and the main lakes there are several other attraction in the surrounding area such as: