Wasdale in Autumn
Autumn is a great time to visit Wasdale. The summer crowds have melted away and the sense of space and solitude begin to return to the ring of spectacular mountains surrounding Wastwater. The ever-changing autumnal light and cloudscapes add to the drama making Wasdale a paradise for photographers. And who knows, if you climb high and the weather is with you, you may even be lucky enough to witness a cloud inversion.
If you’re planning to head out onto the high fells on these shorter days, take the time to pack a torch in your rucksack to avoid getting caught out as night falls (although the stars here can be spectacular this time of year).
If the high fells are not for you, there is plenty of interest along the valley floor. You can wander around the paths of Wasdale and meander your way to the tiny church with its ancient yew trees and gravestones of climbers or visit Ritson’s force waterfall, only a short stroll from the valley head.
Alternatively, the woodlands in Nether Wasdale are also perfect for walks at this time of year with the trees looking spectacular in their Autumnal finery.
This year the Rangers have opened up a new path following the River Irt through the woods at Forest Bridge. Parking is available at Cinderdale Bridge, grid reference NY 128 038 and the walk begins 100m metres away across the bridge at the kissing gate at NY 128 037 (OS Explorer series OL6).
To finish off, there are some welcoming Inns in the hamlet of Nether Wasdale.