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Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake District -- it's only accessible by foot although you can park your car nearby at the Forestry Commission car park at Bowness Knott on the north shore. The lake is surrounded by beautiful fells with the impressive crag Pillar (2,927 feet / 900 m) at the eastern end -- you could actually walk the 8 miles around the lake although you'd be in for some rough tracks on the south side.
Being fairly remote, Ennerdale Water is one of the quietest lakes and it's a delight to wander along the north shore -- most of the surrounding land is owned by the Forestry Commission as evidenced by the thousands of conifers that have been planted over the years.
The lake has served as a reservoir for West Cumbria since 1864.
Directions: From Egremont on the A595, take the A5086 through Cleator and then take the right turn to Ennerdale Bridge -- from there follow the signs to the lake which take you to the car park at Bowness Knott -- then you can walk the short distance to the lake.