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Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water is one of the smaller lakes in the region of northern England known as the Lake District. The most westerly lake in the national park, it is situated relatively close to the port town of Whitehaven and the town of Cleator. The lake is owned by United Utilities and is both a reservoir, serving over 30,000 customers daily, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its lakeshore habitats.

Ennerdale Water : Popular destination for hikers

Ennerdale Water is a popular destination for hikers, tourists and cyclists, but not by any means as popular amongst tourists and visitors as other lakes in the National Park, and thus has not been spoiled by construction, activity on the lake or any other trappings of intensive tourism.

Three landowners formed the Wild Ennerdale Partnership

This is due to the Ennerdale valley's remote location, the lack of a public road up the valley and management by the Forestry Commission, National Trust and United Utilities. In 2003 these three landowners formed the Wild Ennerdale Partnership with a vision "to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology". As a result Ennerdale Water is arguably one of the more natural-looking lakes in the Lake District.

The small village of Ennerdale Bridge lies to the west of the lake. Containing little more than a shop, a couple of pubs and few houses, it is a typical small Cumbrian village. Once a year during the last week in August the Ennerdale Show brings local people together with agricultural displays, competitions, arts and crafts.

Ennerdale Water Geography

Geographically, the lake itself lies nestled in a valley (also known as Ennerdale) surrounded by a large range of hills and mountains including some of the highest and most well known in Cumbria such as Great Gable (897m), Steeple and Pillar. Ennerdale Water is a glacial lake, at its deepest only 45 metres (150 feet), and measures between 700 and 1500 metres (1/2 mile to a mile) across and 3.9 kilometres (2 1/2 miles) long.

The level of the lake has been artificially raised by construction of a weir, to enable it to be used as a reservoir for Whitehaven, prior to which the lake was known as Broadwater.

Ennerdale Water in film

Even though the Lake District is a popular location for film shoots in the United Kingdom, Ennerdale has been left relatively in the shadow, with only a few brief exceptions. The closing sequences of the movie 28 Days Later (2002), directed by Danny Boyle, were filmed around the Ennerdale area, and include a sweeping panoramic view of the lake.

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