Wind your way down the road from Nether Wasdale, beset on both sides by dry stone walls and a canopy of woodland, to stunning views of the Wastwater screes and the Lake District mountains. Take time to look out for Red Squirrels, Roe deer, Jays, Buzzards, Kestrels, Peregrines and maybe even a Hen Harrier as you make your way down to the lakeshore, to take your own photograph of Britain’s Favourite View. On a clear day Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell are all visible in a single panorama and form the perfect backdrop for a picnic on the smooth grassy bank and a paddle in the cool edges of England's deepest lake, Wastwater. Please leave the site as you find it, for others to enjoy.
Planning your visit:
Toilets and a small shop approximately 2 miles away at Wasdale Head. There are three local pubs The Wasdale Head Inn (Wasdale Head) and The Screes and The Strands (Nether Wasdale) which all serve pub food and real ale. Along Wastwater lakeshore there are no picnic tables, so don’t forget the essentials (rug, deck chairs….). There are informal pull off areas for parking at various points along the lakeshore, larger formal parking areas are available at Wasdale Head and at the foot of the lake (NT pay & display). Nearest petrol station is at Holmrook on the A595. Tourist information can be found at Seascale.
Mountain walks are available from the northern most point of Wastwater, with access to the highest range in England, offering stunning views and an invigorating challenge!
Sat Nav: CA20 1EX
This will bring you past the lake and onto Wasdale Head if you don’t stop!
How to get here:
From the north: Follow A595 to Gosforth. From Gosforth, follow secondary roads to Wastwater going via Nether Wasdale.
From the south: At Greenodd turn right onto A5092 to Foxfield (Broughton-in-Furness) via Grizebeck. At Duddon Bridge (traffic lights) continue onto A595 through to Gosforth (via Bootle/Holmrook). From Gosforth, follow secondary roads to Wastwater going via Nether Wasdale. OS Explorer map OL6 The English Lakes South Western Area.