ennerdale water

Parking Bowness Knott Car Park (CA23 3AU)
Pram accessible No
Length of walk 2 miles
Public Toilets Public toilets available in Ennerdale Bridge


We parked at Bowness Knott Car Park (CA23 3AU). It’s pretty spacious with 90 spaces, making it a perfect spot to park for campervans. And it’s free!

Our Visit:

A beautiful lake, with stunning fell views, a woodland to walk through and a waterfall too! A beauty of a mixed bag.

The most westerly Lake in the Lake District, Ennerdale Water is the perfect spot to take in the beautiful landscape without a shed load of tourists about. In fact, it’s the only Lake that doesn’t have a road running alongside it. Meaning it is the perfect place to escape to.

We followed the Smithy Beck trail which takes you to a beautiful little waterfall before you start to return alongside the lakeshore. However you can go further if you wish and I believe there are a few alternative routes that you can follow from the car park. There are a few picnic benches down by the lake and we enjoyed a nice little picnic lunch before heading back home. It’s a lovely spot as we were able to let the kids play by the lake whilst us grown ups relaxed and enjoyed some ‘relative’ peace and quiet.

What the kids loved:

  • Skimming stones in the water
  • Our picnic by the lake

The Route: