Things to see & do

The great outdoors

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Suggestions for a great day out

  • A family enjoying a Canadian canoe session on Windermere from Low Wray camp © Quest 4 Adventure

    Canoeing - North and South Lake Loops

    Paddling on Wastwater is dramatic and gives a very special perspective on the surrounding landscape. Not only is it the country's deepest lake but it also lies at the foot of the country's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

    For parking and route information click here

  • Wasdale Eskdale and Duddon © Joe Cornish

    Join one of our events

    Join us for one of the many events we have organised this year. From being guided up to the top of Scafell by our Rangers to learning about the mammals in the West Lakes.

    See the events page or download our events leaflet (PDF) to find out more.

  • Wasdale towards Great Gable - voted Britain’s favourite view © John Malley

    Tour of Wasdale Head

    Surrounded by England's highest peaks, Wasdale has an amazing range of mountain walking. However the valley paths deliver just as much drama. This route incorporates valleys, intimate river banks, treads ancient packhorse tracks and grabs views of secret waterfalls. The walk can be cut short or extended at a number of points making it family friendly. For maps and further details click here.

  • Negotiating a rocky path in Wasdale, Cumbria © NTPL/Paul Harris

    Mountain Biking - Wasdale & Hollow Moor

    Nether Wasdale with its two pubs and car parking makes the ideal start point allowing a pleasant warm up around the lanes to Wastwater before the outstanding descent from Hollow Moor. As you work round the route don't forget to take in the views, including a twist on the classic view towards Scafell Pike, and the mighty seascape out across the Irish Sea. For maps and further information click here.

  • Negotiating a rocky path in Wasdale, Cumbria © NTPL/National Trust / Jenny Sutton

    Rock climbing

    Wasdale is arguably the birthplace of British rock climbing, with W.P. Haskett-Smith’s ascent of Napes Needle, Great Gable, in 1886. This year we also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of the iconic Central Buttress, first climbed 20 April 1914 and long considered to be the hardest in Britain! For those lacking technical climbing skills, the scramble routes of Lord’s Rake and Yewbarrow offer plenty of excitement. Wild-camp at Sty Head Tarn and indulge in a pint at the Wasdale Head Inn to create the classic climbing experience.