Lake District National Park Authority – ‘Ennerdale Views’

Ennerdale is a spectacular upland landscape with woodland, mountains, dynamic rivers, spectacular views and an area frequently used by the local community.

An area of footpath from the Bleach Green car park had been identified for upgrade to allow access for all users; this included incorporating a circular walk with stunning views of the Ennerdale Valley. This was fully supported by the local community, Wild Ennerdale, Forestry Commission and the Parish Council with this route being a priority in their plans to allow increased access and recreation opportunity for the community.

David Robinson, from the Lake District National Park Authority said “It is widely recognised that getting outdoors in the countryside and undertaking recreational activity is beneficial for health and wellbeing, and the community of Copeland has the Ennerdale Valley on its doorstep, a fantastic landscape which is popular with both the community and tourists. The funding from Copeland Community Fund has allowed us to improve an area of public footpath to allow it to become accessible to all users. We are also erecting new information boards at the car parks about this circular route to allow all users to take in the breath taking views of the Ennerdale Valley whilst enjoying and undertaking recreational activity.”

Other funding has come from Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Lake District National Park Authority, Wild Ennerdale Partnership, Forestry Commission and Ennerdale Parish Council.


Outputs

• 1 New/Improved Cultural Facility
• 1 new Volunteering Opportunity


Outcomes

1. Existing 1.5km of public footpath will be improved to a wheelchair accessible standard.
2. 0.5km of new wheelchair accessible route created in Broadmoor Plantation and dedicated as a public footpath.
3. Project completed on time, within budget and to required quality.
4. Increased number of limited mobility users on the route – through a monitoring programme.