LAKES


THE EDGE
VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT

WAST WATER

Nearest
Towns:

Whitehaven
NW on the
A595, 15.5mls/
25km.

Millom
SW on the
A5093 via the
A595, 21mls/
34km.
Location: In the west of the Lake District and to the south of Ennerdale Water.

Length: 3mls/5km.

You approach Wast Water down a narrow minor road seeing the impressive 'Screes' on your right and further up the valley Scafell Pike, Lingmell and others making this one of the most impressive of the Lakes. It is also the deepest in England, its bottom lower than sea level.

At the head of the valley, beyond the lake, is Wasdale Head - a collection of cottages and an Inn popular with the walkers who flock here. From Wasdale Head you have access to some of the best hiking in the county and therefore Europe.

Wast Water, like the other lakes in the west of the National Park, is comparatively remote, with walkers and climbers as are the most frequent visitors. To get to the Lake from the east involves driving over the two passes of Wrynose and Hardknott. Hardknott is particularly disconcerting but the experience is worth having.

There are some lovely villages west of the lake that should be visited along with many other attractions on the West Cumbrian coast.

Walks:

You can (if you dare) walk round the whole lake though I would think twice before walking along the bottom of The Screes. There are dozens of paths up some of the best fells in the county, most of them requiring a certain amount of stamina and experience and so unsuitable for those wishing to have a quiet stroll.
Scafell is the highest point in England and is an established training ground for climbers aiming at the Himalayas and the Andes.

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