Ancient Walls of Wasdale

Season:Any
Duration:Full Day
Activity:History

After ascending the first steep section of Kirk Fell to grid ref. NY18855 09300 (OS Explorer Map OL6, The English Lakes South Western Area) you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the much renowned patchwork drystone wall pattern. This is an excellent photo opportunity (weather permitting), if not, postcards can be obtained from nearby shops. These boundaries date back a thousand years to the early Norse settlers. They still to this day enclose the most productive farming land in this remote valley head landscape. Each year the National Trust Rangers, volunteers and farming tenants sympathetically maintain and restore many metres of drystone wall, both to contain the sheep and enhance the landscape.

Planning your visit:

Parking and public toilets are both available at Wasdale Head and Gosforth. The Wasdale Head Inn serves food and locally brewed beer. There are other public houses, The Screes and The Strands at Nether Wasdale both serve food throughout the day. The Low Wood Hotel serves evening meals (good views towards Wastwater Screes from the terrace). At the start of Wastwater lies a YHA. National Trust campsite and separate pay & display car park at Wasdale Head. Closest petrol station is at Holmrook on A595. Tourist information and beach available at Seascale.

Further Information

A trip to see the ancient dry stone walls of Wasdale can be combined with these other fantastic outdoor activities:

-Mountain biking in Wasdale -Paddling on Wastwater -Walks in Wasdale valley -Photography at Wastwater Screes

By Philip Braithwaite

How to get here

Birks Bridge, Duddon Valley

street
Seathwaite LA20 6

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 233 995

Get Directions

By Train and Bicycle: Cyclists can take National Rail services from Grange over Sands, Barrow-In-Furness, Whitehaven and Carlisle to Foxfield. From here, the quiet lanes of the Duddon Valley can easily be explored by bicycle.

Telephone:08457 48 49 50