Wasdale in early summer

View of Wastwater on the way down

The sight of Wastwater shimmering in the summer sunshine against the backdrop of the high western fells is something to savour, but don't pause for too long as you enter the valley, there's adventure to be had.

With excellent walking routes in every direction, this is the time of year to make the most of the long days and get your walking boots on. In May, if you're up on Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, you might see our Rangers at work rebuilding the summit cairn - part of a much wider project to repair footpaths and carry out wider conservation work on the Scafell Massif. If you're heading up to the summits over the summer, remember to stay safe - read our article on mountain safety below. 

England's deepest lake, Wastwater, offers plenty of shoreline spots for a lazy picnic and a cooling paddle when the summer sun arrives. Canoeing or kayaking is also a great way to spend a summer day in the valley.

But don't just visit for the day, bring your tent or campervan and stay at Wasdale Campsite for a few nights, or opt for one of the seven pods. You'll be wowed by the views every morning when you wake up and prepare for another day of adventure in one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the Lake District.

Wasdale in summer