Ennerdale village is on the quiet winding road that leads from Cleator Moor to Ennerdale Water, and is a collection of largely modern dwellings spanning the River Ehen. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly of the lakes, and the most remote, so it offers, even in high season, a place to escape. It is the only lake that does not have a road running alongside it.
The village is only a short distance from the West Cumbria Cyclepath from Whitehaven to Rowrah, which continues along minor roads towards Ennerdale. Wainwright‘s Coast to Coast Walk, starts at St Bees, and travels through Cleator before reaching Ennerdale village. The village with its two pubs and a village shop is a popular stopping off point on the route.