GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ennerdale Forest

12 miles (20 km)

Enjoy miles of traffic free cycling and walking trails in this super forest in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at the Bowness Knott car park next to the beautiful Ennerdale Water. You then head east into the forest along the lakeside path. After leaving the lake behind the track follows the River Liza into the forest to Ash Crag before returning along the south side of the river. The forest tracks are quite uneven in places so a mountain bike is required for cyclists.
The views of Ennerdale valley are fabulous with some of the highest and best-knownfellsin Cumbria forming a spectacular backdrop - Great Gable,Green Gable,Brandreth,High Crag, Steeple and Pillar are all visible on the route.
Just to the south of the forest is Pillar, the eighth highest mountain in the eighth highest mountain in the Lake District.
You can climb to the peak from the forest via the striking Pillar Rock.

Ennerdale Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ennerdale Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Moss Dub - - 98789

Moss Dub. A small, shallow pool, a hidden gem in the forest.

Ennerdale Forest - - 31632

Ennerdale forest occupies one of the most remote valleys in the Lake District. This view from below Bowness Knott gives a fantastic panoramic impression of this wild valley. The mountain peak of Pillar in the middle foreground and Ennerdale Water to the right of the picture add drama to the scene.

River Liza, Ennerdale - - 1438889

A view of the River Liza which flows through the forest

Forestry track, Ennerdale - - 906116

Forestry track,. Taken near bridge over Low Beck

High Gillerthwaite YHA - - 1438897

High Gillerthwaite YHA

Ford over Woundell Beck - - 98777

Ford over Woundell Beck in the Cumbrian civil parish of Ennerdale and Kinniside. Progress along this side of Ennerdale used to be difficult due to having to cross several large becks; the Forestry Commission works have greatly helped.

Footbridge over the Liza - - 2473551

Footbridge over the Liza

Bridge over the River Liza - - 1438886

Bridge over the River Liza


GPS Files

GPX File

Ennerdale Forest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Ennerdale Forest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)