Wast Water
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LeeDRich
Maidstone, UK65 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
By no doubts the road to Wasdale Head is the worst ever. It’s over used by people wanting to climb England’s highest tourist attraction.

The road is narrow, ruined by pot ‘wells’ and people parking where they aren’t supposed to and often in the most ridiculous of places.

The Wasdale Head car park and the road to it needs modernising if its being used so heavily.

If you don’t mind damaging your car somehow or constantly pulling aside for others, go for it.

But please find another route if you want to ‘climb’.

The lake / water itself is beautiful. You’re able to swim and canoe etc. Even in September with low level cloud and rain the water temperature was just right.

If you’re visiting Wast Water itself - superb.

Don’t drive to the Head just to ruin everything for everyone.

Be considerate.
Written September 12, 2020
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Charlotte_Nugent
Wirral, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We spent the day at Wast Water on a recent caravan holiday (Church Stile Campsite is just down the road) and I can't recommend this area enough.

Wild swimming in the lake is unbelievable and the views are just a must see.

If you're thinking about visiting this area just do it, you will not be disappointed.
Written July 12, 2021
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RaynesMark
Wimbledon225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
During the summer months if you want to visit any of the lakes or major attractions my advice is not to start your day too late in the morning, if you are driving and this is particularly true of lake Windermere. However there are oasis of calm, read on.

Wastwater

This lake is out in the West of the county and requires a bit of effort to get there - you will be rewarded. Unless you are staying close to the lake, then I strongly recommend an early start. When I could get a signal on the maps app, I was taken on a ride or terror on single track and sometimes unmaintained roads, a city car, in a procession of 4 by 4s. It was well worth the effort and I was rewarded for my early start with a parking spot right on the lake shore. In my mind this is the most beautiful of all of the lakes, sitting in the region of England's highest mountains. Views on the lake surrounded by mountains are spell binding. A picturesque stone bridge sits over a fresh stream that empties into the lake. Although camping is not permitted some quietly do and don't seem to be causing any harm. The pleasure of cooling my feet in the lake as the sun rose higher in the sky was really relaxing. The good news is - if you make the effort to get here, this is one lake you can walk around without have to cross farmer Giles's land. A bit later on in the day the canoeists and water sports people arrive to enjoy in their own peaceful way, this short, deep and mysterious lake. Please note that unless you go to Wasdale head, there are not facilities here.
Written July 24, 2021
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Ells
Spalding, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Probably one of the most beautiful places we have visited!
On holiday in Allonby with our friends and 3 dogs, we took a drive out to Wastwater to see the lake and trails - definitely not disappointed.

There are trails for all abilities and all are accessible to dogs - plenty to do even if you don’t fancy the scramble up scaffell pike.

Dogs enjoyed swimming and we took paddle boards to use on the lake. Very clean area and there is a wonderful pub just a few minutes drive away at the base of scaffell serving amazing food!
Written March 20, 2022
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EuroHampshire
Southampton, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Wast Water is one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District and, apparently is the deepest of all the lakes. We last visited seven years ago in sunshine, but this year it was overcast which gave Wast Water a complete and new, almost spiritual, environment. Our only disappointment, and this is direct at the National Trust, is that people now seem to be allowed on Wast Water in small boats and we also saw people swimming. Please don't spoil the lake or the feel of the area by letting it become an activity for water users. Keep people off the water and retain the pure beauty of the area..
Written July 9, 2022
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Wast Water is a gorgeous lake to visit. Much much quieter and calmer than many of the other big lakes. It is a little out of the way and off the main tourist track - and the roads are pretty skinny to get there, but it’s so worth it. We went for a dip after climbing scarfell pike - and it was glorious. You can walk down to Wast Water from the lakesheqd car park just at the bottom of scarfell. Parking can be a bit of an issue though, so you might want to arrive early to spend a day on the lake. Serene and beautiful.
Written August 1, 2021
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fluffievelluto
Henlow, UK490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
The highlight of my recent trip to the Lake District.

Yes it took me several hours to get there (avoiding the mountain passes) but on arrival I was blown away by how stunning it is … even on a cloudy day!

Managed to get parking on the shore and was happy to just walk, sit, take some photos. I even waded in - that’s as close to wild swimming as I go!
Written September 29, 2021
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,922 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We hadn’t intended on going here, but somehow we ended up at Wast Water & oh how pleased we went there.
The roads are very windy & narrow to get there, but the views around each turn are spectacular.
It was a very cloudy day on our visit but even so a very spectacular & special place. We parked on the shore of the lake & walked around for an hour or so.
It was very quiet when we visited (Lockdown 2021 was just easing) but I would imagine in normal times & in good weather it’s very busy.
Would definitely go back.
Written May 15, 2021
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Ru Masters
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Due to back to back storms (Dudley, Eunice and Franklin) extremely wet ground, high winds and low visibility prevented us from attempting to ascend Scarfell Pike(and surrounding other fells) so we followed the road along the valley instead, walking from our accommodation in Greendale to Wasdale Head and back.
A very scenic, peaceful and accessible walk, sadly interrupted by a few idiots who wanted to use the single-track valley road as a race track. I imagine the road gets very busy in summertime but as long as you are vigilant, this would be a great cycle route or walk for a family requiring pushchair / wheelchair access.
Written February 25, 2022
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Absolutely stunning part of the lake district. Plenty of places to park up alongside the road. Worth the coutry lane drive to get here. Easy to navigate. No mobile phone signal in this whole area so if you are hiking a handheld GPS unit or OS map is essential. Ensure you bring food and water as you are in a remote area.
Written August 26, 2020
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