Embrace autumn in Wasdale

Wasdale in Autumn

Rise early and make the most of the autumn morning light. Breathe in the smell of newly fallen wet leaves, crisp yet earthy. Notice the changing colours that are autumn’s hallmark. The water is clear and the woodlands are full of colour and wildlife.

Now is your time

Wild and remote, Wasdale is beautiful, with immense screes on its eastern shore and Great Gable, flanked by Kirk Fell and Lingmell, at its head. At ground level, as you approach, prepare to pause with a sharp intake of breath and smile at the stunning views – at 79 metres, Wastwater is the deepest lake in England,

Delve into the natural beauty and peaceful tranquility disturbed only by the sound of birds and cattle and the earth crunching under your feet.


“…the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is yet time will be blessed both in mind and body.’ Alfred Wainwright, The Western Fells 1966


You don’t have to reach the top of the highest peak

Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain and some would say most challenging.  All year round it will need careful planning but in the autumn it is vital to leave extra time.

Get out and about with a moderate level walk up to Greendale Tarn and enjoy the majestic view - sometimes you can even see as far as the Isle of Man on a clear day. 

Top or bottom of Wasdale lake, enjoy a low level walk from Nether Wasdale which takes in a lovely Lakeland pub or follow the path from the Wasdale Head Inn to the church, then turn left to Burnthwaite Farm, and walk up the valley to the right of Great Gable.

You don’t have to leave

Get close to nature but have some extra comforts.  At Wasdale Campsite, you can enjoy underfloor heating in the new shower room and make use of the bell tents complete with wood burners in case your feet need a little bit of extra soothing.

View from tent opening at Wasdale Campsite

Wasdale Campsite 

Wasdale Campsite is spectacularly located at the foot of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike and a stone's throw from England's deepest lake Wastwater. With electric hook ups for campervans and tents, cosy pods and recently refurbished facilities, this campsite is a perfect place to rest weary limbs after big days out on Lakeland’s highest fells.

Staff and volunteers take a break during woodland work

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