Cleator, Cleator Moor & Ennerdale

Small pretty villages which lie west of Ennerdale Water

Cleator, Cleator Moor & Ennerdale

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Cleator is 1½ miles south of the town of Cleator Moor on the A5086 road. Cleator was the original village, Cleator Moor being the moor above the village.

Cleator & Cleator Moor

It is the site of the former Kangol hat factory. The factory buildings and shop are now closed. Cleator is located on the River Ehen, which is joined by the River Keekle at Longlands Lake.

The town’s skyline is dominated by Dent Fell and the town is located on the 190 miles (310 km) Coast to Coast Walk that spans Northern England. As a settlement of note, it was substantially populated by immigrants from the North Eastern counties of Ireland in the latter half of the nineteenth century, leading to the colloquial title of Little Ireland.

In Cleator Moor Market Square there are three sculptures by local artist Conrad Atkinson who was born in Cleator Moor. The three sculptures are a memorial to the once thriving mining industry, the sculptures represent the miner, the phoenix and the hand.

Not far from the market square is the old railway from Whitehaven to Ennerdale, this has now been tarmacked and is a great cycleway and footpath.

This path is part of the West Cumbria cycle network, and also forms part of the Sustrans C2C Cycle route from Whitehaven to Sunderland.

The route follows the old railway line from Whitehaven, Cleator, Egremont, Rowrah, and Kelton Fell, which was built in the 1850’s to carry the coal and iron ore from the mines and quarries.



The village of Ennerdale Bridge is a small pretty village which lies west of Ennerdale Water.

The village itself is a typical small Cumbrian village and provides two pubs, a cafe and a shop, a handful of B&Bs, a church and a small school. The village is only a short detour from the C2C cycle way and is also on the route of Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk which goes from St Bees (Cumbria) to Robin Hoods Bay (Yorkshire).

Ennerdale Water is well worth a visit and is the most westerly of all the lakes. As the most remote lake even in the height of the tourist season it can still feel quiet and is an ideal place to escape to.


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