Views of Scafell Pike

Towering mountains and the deepest lake in England


Things to see and do

Wast Water

Wasdale Campsite 

Wasdale Campsite nestles under the Scafell mountain range and is a paradise for those seeking adventure.

Scafell Pike and Wastwater in Winter with snow

Wasdale in Winter 

Winter is a fantastic time to visit Wasdale. You won’t find any crowds, shops or glittering lights here; what you will find is tranquillity, lots of walks and sparkling stars on a clear night.

Walkers at Wasdale, Cumbria, with the vast expanse of Wastwater in the distance

What's on 

There are ample opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors in Wasdale. We also have a range of Working Holidays and countryside management work where volunteers are very welcome to give us a helping hand.


Our work

Volunteers repairing a Wasdale path

Caring for our paths  

Planning on walking in Wasdale? Find out some amazing facts about maintaining the paths.

The valley includes a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the lake itself is a Special Area of Conservation

The Visitor Management Project 

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy visiting Wasdale every year. Through our Visitor Management Project we aim to develop excellent facilities, ensure that visitors are well informed and that this landscape will remain special long into the future.


Get involved

Group of volunteers by the river bank

Wasdale Volunteer Ranger - River Irt 

Make new friends, learn about the River Irt, its ecology and habitats and the endangered Fresh Water Pearl Mussels which live there.

National Trust Ranger and Volunteers working on maintaining the dry stone walls around Wasdale

Working holidays 

Our Rangers work hard to tackle path erosion in the Lake District. Take a look at how they've repaired popular paths and had some help from working holiday volunteers.