The Shepherds Arms, Ennerdale – Advertisement


A village-centre inn maintained in traditional style, The Shepherds Arms is ideally located for walkers and anyone else wanting to explore this hidden corner of the Lake District, and as a popular first stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk it enjoys a fine reputation among visitors from as far apart as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Warm and welcoming, The Shepherds Arms is a local food destination too, offering a variety of home made dishes, including vegan options, with the emphasis on local produce, along with Cumbrian ales and selected wines.

Because Ennerdale valley is free of traffic and being returned to the wild, the lake and surrounds offer some wonderfully peaceful walks, not to mention the attractions of the surrounding fells, which include Red Pike and the glorious ridge walk to High Crag and Seat, Haystacks, Great Gable and Pillar, as well as a number of nearby Wainwrights to be ‘bagged’.

With St Bees Head for beach lovers and birdwatchers only a short drive away, and the attractions of Loweswater and Buttermere not far in the other direction, The Shepherds Arms is perfectly placed for anyone seeking a quiet base away from the crowds.

  • Well placed and peaceful location
  • Friendly local staff
  • Comfortable rooms and relaxed surroundings
  • Fine reputation for good, home made food

Opening details:

Open every day from noon to 11 pm with food served all day from 12 to 9. In winter months we may be closed until 5 pm Mondays to Wednesdays, but are happy to open and serve lunches on request in advance.


Free parking

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Contact information:

Ennerdale Bridge, Cleator, Cumbria, Cumbria, CA23 3AR – Directions