The great high peaks of Pillar, Steeple and Great Gable all feature in the Ennerdale area, making it challenging walking territory. The valley has around 30 miles of cycling and walking trails including around 10 miles of forest tracks! A choice of campsites and Youth Hostels are dotted around Ennerdale as well as a small selection of real ale inns serving hearty pub meals.
Water sports including canoeing and sailing are popular on Ennerdale Water and top rock climbing spots include awe-inspiring Pillar rock, a crag with real character and a long history as a site of choice for rock climbers. The first climb of Pillar was made by John Atkinson of Croftfoot in 1826! Horse riders are warmly welcomed in the area – riders have exactly the same rights as cyclists along the forest roads and bridleways.
Ennerdale has its own little independent brewery at Croasdale Farm just north of Ennerdale Water. The Ennerdale Brewery is hidden away in one of Lakeland’s most remote valleys, and produces a selection of fine real ales using spring water from nearby Croasdale Fell, live yeast, whole-leaf hops and the freshest milled barley. Cask Ales (many of which are also available as bottled ale) include golden amber Wild Ennerdale, fruity Blonde and Darkest Cask with a distinct chocolate edge.
Brewery tours are usually available every Saturday including a stroll around the brewery and bar tasting session of some of Cumbria’s best ales.