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National Trust car parks at Lakehead, Overbeck and Nether Wasdale. These are pay and display car parks, free for members. When you scan your membership card, general funds get re-directed to help us look after the valleys, mountains and paths in Wasdale. We don't allow overnight parking due to the impact on nature and wildlife, staff resource and visitors.
National Trust toilet block at our Lakehead car park.
Dogs are welcome to our outdoor properties but please keep them under close control to protect stock and wildlife. Take a look at our Canine Code and enjoy a great day out with your pup!
Much of the countryside is steep and rugged. Accessible toilet at Lakehead car park
The toilet block at our Lakehead car park is accessible.
Wasdale 5 miles east of A595, turning at Gosforth.
Parking: Lake Head (OS: NY 182075) and Overbeck (OS: NY 168068) for Wasdale small car park (OS: NY 127038) for Nether Wasdale. Please ensure social distancing. You can find up to date information at www.saferlakes.co.uk
Nearest train station is Seascale.
The nearest Sustrans national cycling route is route 72 along the Cumbrian coast from Kendal to Silloth. There are a number of mountain biking opportunities in the Wasdale area and around Gosforth and Nether Wasdale.
Wasdale is a one pawprint rated place. Find out all you need to know about bringing your furry side-kick on an adventure around the lake shore, in the valleys and up the fells.
There are 3 National Trust car parks in Wasdale. Find out parking costs and how to find each of the car parks.
The deepest lake in the Lake District, designated a special area of conservation and surrounded by spectacular fells and dramatic wilderness.
Enjoy a quieter walk from Wasdale into the Western Fells, exploring above Wastwater on a circular route to Greendale Tarn and the summit of Middle Fell.
Few places in the Lake District have views to compete with those from the Pillar summit, but this route there involves a ascent of over 800m so a high level of fitness required.
This route offers a great mix of biking terrain from valley bottom and lakeside lanes, to a steep bridleway climb and high-level cruising – all with magnificent views.
Wasdale is a remote farming community surrounded by spectacular fells and dramatic wilderness. The fells have been an inspiration for mountaineers, climbers and poets for decades and remain a magnificent setting for an adventure to suit everyone.
The Wasdale fells are also home to important wildlife habitats and the lake of Wastwater is so special it has been designated a special area of conservation.
So, come and see for yourself - climb a fell, take your dog for a walk in Low Wood or explore the shores of Wastwater. You can even come and volunteer with our Rangers and help improve our wildlife habitats.
However you chose to enjoy Wasdale please spare a thought for the people, animals and plants that live here. Please take your litter away with you – there are no bins in the wild.
Discover the diverse history of the valley of Wasdale, one of the most significant sites in the National Trust’s Lake District portfolio, from Mesolithic times up to the present day.
Discover more about our restoration projects at Wasdale and Scafell Pike and how hydro power in the West Lakes is making a difference to our fossil fuel usage.
Did you know that along with farmers and other commoners, we look after approximately 16,000 hectares of common land in the North and West Lake District? This includes parts of Kinniside, Stockdale Moor and Nether Wasdale commons. Click here to learn more about the Upland Commons Project, the history of commoning and what we are doing to make sure these important stretches of land continue to support people, livestock and wildlife as they have done for centuries.
The Lake District is a popular place to visit, but this means the footpaths become eroded which, along with weather events and climate change means the fells are in need of repair. Money from this appeal will directly improve this unique UNESCO World Heritage landscape.