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Wast Water

Wast Water is a lake situated in the scenic, Wasdale valley in Lake District National Park of England – one of UK’s most popular destinations. Wast Water is the deepest among all lakes of Lake District at 258 ft. The lake is 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide and is jointly owned by the National Trust of the Lake District, The Lake District National Park Authority and the Cumbria Tourist Board. The bottom of Wast Water is over 50 ft. below sea level, while its surface is approximately 200 ft. above, making it one of the best examples of a valley that has been glacially ‘over-deepened’.

Wast Water, feeds the River Irt which, then flows into the Irish Sea close to Ravenglass. The Wasdale valley in Lake District, where Wast Water is situated, is flanked by some of the highest mountains in England, including Lingmell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike. Plummeting over 1700 ft., from the crags of Illgill Head to the floor of Wast Water, are the famous Wast Water Screes in Lake District which run along its eastern shoreline. Insofar as its history, in the 9th and 10th century, Norse farmers colonized the Wasdale valley in which Wast Water, of Lake District, is located. While some people describe Wast Water as an area that possesses the finest scenery in Lake District, others find its remote location as unwelcoming and bereft of beauty.

A short distance beyond Wast Water, at the head of the valley, is the tiny, Wasdale Head settlement. Here there is a group of fine cottages, as well as an inn that is very popular with climbers and walkers alike. As Wasdale Head is rather remotely located at the foot of some of the Lake District fells, it is usually frequented by climbers and walkers who stop at the village. To its credit, Wasdale Head has, perhaps, Britain’s smallest Church named St. Olaf’s Church. A thrilling experience is driving over the two passes of Hardknott and Wrynose while accessing Wast Water, in Lake District, from the east.

The prominent mountains that surround Wast Water, in Lake District, are Scafell Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Red Pike. Of these, Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain. These peaks offer some of the most exhilarating, climbing experiences in the UK, a fact that all climbers who have visited the fell areas in Wast Water, will bear witness to. Trekking and mountain climbing are the most popular activities in the Wast Water area of Lake District and several expeditions are undertaken every year. The fell area also attracts a large number of thrill seekers looking for an exciting, different kind of adventure.

Many celebrities, past and present, have commented on the rugged beauty of Wast Water in Lake District,
among them, Wordsworth, the famous poet and writer, ‘
Coronation Street
’ actress, Sally Whittaker, and many climbers, painters and poets. To the adventure-seekers, Wast Water is a must- visit place on their itineraries.