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If you want your Lakes trip to focus on the remote and majestic, Wasdale is the valley for you. With Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak at over 3,200 feet, and Great Gable along with Kirk Fell and others forming a dramatic horse-shoe background to the head of the valley, this is climbing country, one of the spiritual homes of British mountaineering – Napes Needle on Great Gable is one of the best-known British rock-climbing challenges. Wasdale runs from the little village of Wasdale Head, down to Nether Wasdale and then broadening out to house the settlements of Santon Bridge and Gosforth, before the River Irt that follows the valley heads to the sea at Ravenglass. As well as England’s highest mountain Wasdale contains its deepest lake, Wast Water at 258 feet, one of the waters where the depth-loving Arctic Char survives and thrives. Wasdale Head claims two other superlatives: the smallest church in the country in St Olaf’s (though others dispute the title), and the greatest liar, 19th century publican Will Ritson, who told some whoppers and in whose memory the village holds a yearly “greatest liar” competition. St Olaf’s dates from Tudor times, but its beams are claimed to come from Viking longships. Further down the valley is Nether Wasdale, a pretty village of white stone cottages where in front of the church of St Michael there is a rather different sort of preserved structure, a Maypole erected to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. Gosforth, a couple of miles further along the Irt, is another settlement with Viking links, its churchyard containing the tallest Viking cross in the country, a magnificent monument 14 feet tall, carved beautifully and still intact more than a thousand years after it was erected. Even the name Wasdale has Viking roots, being a corruption of the Old Norse for valley of the water. Nearby there are plenty of other attractions: Ratty, the narrow-gauge railway starting from Ravenglass; Muncaster Castle; and on the coast Sellafield visitor centre. But the abiding memories of Wasdale will be of natural beauty rather than the man-made.


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Low Wood Hall Hotel (0.06 miles)

Low Wood Hall Hotel

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Low Wood Hall Hotel is a delightful getaway for couples, families, business travellers and adventurers alike, ideally situated in the unspoilt spectacular scenery of the Wasdale Valley. All of ... More

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Bridge Inn (1.79 miles)

Bridge Inn
The Bridge Inn once a 16th century mail coaches halt is now a fine well established award winning Country Inn with rooms situated near Wastwater (Britain's Favourite View) and Scafell (England's highest mountain) and lots ... More | visit website
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Bower House Inn (2.35 miles)

Bower House Inn

In a remote Lake District Valley Bower House Inn (Built in 1725)offers Tradition, Hospitality and an award winning Restaurant. Friendly staff and a range of cask ales and fine wines. A place to relax and ... More | visit website

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Hodgson House (2.62 miles)

Hodgson House

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At the foot of the Lake District's Western Fells, Hodgson House (left of left photograph) is one of a select number of properties enjoying a stunning setting ... More

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Gatehouse (2.67 miles)

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We are able to offer B&B accommodation in single, twin and triple en-suite rooms from £38.00 per person per night - ... More
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Bridge Inn (2.82 miles)

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Stanley House (3.58 miles)

Stanley House

This converted former hostel, has been sympathetically converted into 12 ensuite bedrooms, with stunning views either of the fells to the North or the gardens, rivers and fells to the South. All rooms are very ... More | visit website

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Lutwidge Arms Hotel (3.93 miles)

Lutwidge Arms Hotel
The Lutwidge Arms Hotel dates back to the 1850's and taking the name of the Lutwidge family of Holmrook Hall, (who includes Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame), it combined the roles of working ... More | visit website
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Westlakes Hotel (3.94 miles)

Westlakes Hotel

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Westlakes Hotel is a late Georgian Country House, which is set in 3 acres of tranquil mature gardens situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Located in the Western ... More

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Carleton Green (4.46 miles)

Carleton Green
Built in 1749 this elegant Grade II listed Georgian country residence, situated in the Lake District National Park, has many period features, providing excellent luxury accommodation, all set within an acre of mature, private and ... More | visit website

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