Welcome to Wasdale

Breathtaking mountains with England's deepest lake, Wastwater in the foreground

Wastwater and the surrounding mountains will take your breath away. You never see the same view twice and the lake is all about reflections.

Stunning views

Wasdale offers a wide range of views: from the lakeshore of England's deepest lake to the summit of the highest peak, Scafell Pike. Find a spot to let the world slip by..

Woodland Strolls

Towards the southern end of the lake and Nether Wasdale, there are natural woodlands with winding paths. Bring a picnic and enjoy the stunning views on a low level walk.

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.

Climbing and Scrambling

Wasdale is arguably the birthplace of British rock climbing, with W.P. Haskett-Smith’s ascent of Napes Needle, Great Gable, in 1886. The crags of Wasdale have been, and continue to be, an inspiration for rock and ice climbers. The range of routes is superb from 3 star mountain classics to ground breaking routes.
For those wishing to scramble then the routes on Lord’s Rake and Yewbarrow offer plenty of excitement. Drop into the Wasdale Head Inn and Barn Door shop to create the classic climbing experience.

Where to stay

You can sleep over in a Yurt with a wood burning stove at our Wasdale campsite, cuddle up in a heated pod or snuggle down in one of our two cosy holiday cottages. See our article ‘Places to stay in Wasdale’ for further details.