Park up in one of the lay-bys along the lakeshore and enjoy the stunning scenery for a few minutes. You can see why Coronation Street’s Sally Whittaker promoted this as Britain’s Favourite View. At the top of the valley to the right is Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 978 metres (3210 feet). The summit cannot be seen from the lake shore as it is hidden behind Scafell at 964 metres (3162 feet). At the head of the valley is Great Gable at 899 metres (2949 feet). To your right is Wastwater, England’s deepest lake at a depth of 74 metres (249 feet). Looking across the lake you will see the Wasdale Screes. On a clear day you can see a perfect reflection in the lake (best time usually before 10.00 am).
Planning your visit:
Gosforth is the nearest village for essentials. Public house/hotels at Nether Wasdale The Screes and The Strands both serve food throughout the day whilst the Low Wood Hotel serves evening meals. A mile up the road at the foot of the lake is the YHA (youth hostel). At the end of Wastwater Lake is the is the National Trust campsite and separate pay & display car park. The famous Wasdale Head Inn sits at the very head of the valley beyond the green. Public toilets are situated in Gosforth and at Wasdale Head.
How to get here:
From Gosforth GR 06682 03360 pass through the village and take the road signposted to Wasdale Head. After 5 ½ miles you will arrive at the junction by the side of Wastwater. You can park in one of the lay-bys along the lakeshore. The road up the valley is a no through road although you can travel for another 3 miles to Wasdale Head. There is no public transport in the valley. Nearest petrol station is at Holmrook on A595. Nearest railway station and TIC (tourist information centre) is at Seascale near the coast.
Area Ranger - West Lakes (Duddon & Eskdale valleys)