A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

Name of walk A Circuit of Ennerdale Water
Date of walk 2010-04-22
The weather was superb yesterday so I went to Ennerdale to do a solitary circuit of the lake. I could only do a short walk today as I was going to The Forum in the evening to see a presentation by Mark Beaumont who did “Cycling the World” and more recently “Cycling the Americas” for the BBC. He spoke for nearly two and a half hours and was excellent, fleshing out his two documentary series with stories that never made it in.
Including the walk up to Angler`s Crag the walk is about 7.5 miles and should take less than four hours.
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I arrived at Bowness Knott for 10am and took a walk up the first hill to look over to Crag Fell and Angler`s Crag, my lunch spot. The weather was perfect blue skies and unlike Tuesday, no wind.

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Looking down the lake from the shore towards Pillar and Steeple.

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Tree reflections in the lake.

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The bridge across the River Liza. You take the track ahead and turn off right through a gate just before the trees and head off along a grass track to the head of the lake.

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Looking towards the lake from the bridge.

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A cute black lamb!

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Heading down the rough track towards Angler`s Crag.

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Looking back to the head of the lake.

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I took this bottom track along the face of Angler`s Crag, then I would go on to the top from the other side. Two people making their way towards me.

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It was quite precipitous in places!

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Now on the track that goes up to Angler`s Crag. Great Borne and Bowness Knott on the left..

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Summit view.

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Looking past The Pinnacles up to Crag Fell.

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I found a rock to lean against and this was the sedentary view whist I had lunch.....Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks on the left. Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Haycock on the right. Not a bad spot to stop!

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Heading back down the track towards the weir.

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View up the lake from the bridge. The water is too low to come over the weir. The track up Angler`s Crag can easily be made out from here.

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From the path at the head of the lake.

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Mountain close-up. Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple.

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Three swans in the middle distance.

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A nice wide path.

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The gorse is blooming.

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Bowness Farm from the green track that leads back to the car park.

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From the car park I climb the hill again for the view back down the lake.

An excellent, easy and simple walk that took me 3 hours and 45 minutes, I was back home by 3.15pm. I must repeat this again one summer evening when everything is greener.
Jo.
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