Ennerdale Bridge is the main village in Ennerdale, with two pubs, one run by the local community. The Fox and Hounds was rescued from closure by the people of the village, and is now run as a commercial venture but with community involvement (I'm one of the smaller shareholders). The pub serves good food and also offers a useful local library service. There are plans to open a village shop. The village is normally quiet, but if you pass through at the wrong time of day the road fills with Sellafield commuter traffic coming over the Cold Fell road, while in the season the village lies on the Coast-to-Coast walk, so a constant stream of walkers pass through.
The Ennerdale valley is now managed by the Wild Ennerdale project, which aims to reduce man's impact on the landscape and slowly reintroduce native trees.
The church of St Mary was built in 1857 and replaced an earlier church founded as a chapel of ease in 1534. Some fragments of the older church can still be seen in the struture of the new church.
Directions: Ennerdale Bridge can be reached from Wath Brow in Cleator Moor or from Kirkland in the north.
Grid Reference: NY 070 158