The English Lake District is a big draw for many a tourist, be it for hikers, climbers, cyclists or those seeking out history. It is true to say that a large amount of visitors stick to the main more touristic traps of the likes of Windermere, Keswick or Ambleside. There is a place, deep in the middle of the district, that has astounded those that have ventured round the roads to it or on foot from above it. Wasdale. One of the most beautiful places in Britain. In fact it was physically voted Britain's best view by ITV viewers in the UK so it is just not my word.
To experience this valley you can get there by road, by taking scenic routes of the main roads. The road does terminate at the head of the valley, Wasdale Head, that tells you that great nature lays ahead. The great lake of Wastwater, the mountains of Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Yewbarrow and Kirk Fell to name but a few. Of course there is the iconic view that many people have taken a picture of as they see it with their own eyes, looking down the lake towards 3 of the famous peaks (Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell). Even the Lake District National Park themselves admire it, they have it in their logo!
Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, is the perfect size for a lakeside walk. Nearly 3 miles long with a path beside it, there is no need to start climbing to take in its beauty and surroundings. Every season brings new colour, all weathers bring all the views and reflections to your eyes many ways.
For climbers and hikers this place will keep leaving you hungry for more. Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain, a walk up its steep side starts here. The lower fells and hills are just as glamorous. Take a stroll up to any height and I promise that looking back over the valley will give a feeling of peace and awe.
At Wasdale Head, amongst some Yew Trees, sits one of the smallest churches in England, St Olaf's Church. All that is known is that it was built before the 1500s. Some say it is 100 years old. Some say the beams are made from Viking boats. It is old, small and holds history that is for sure! On Remembrance Day it holds a special service for the climbers thatlost their lives in The Great war.
From above, from below, Wasdale is a place that you're memories will not forget. No matter how the weather was when you was there the sights will stay with you. And leave you hungry for more.
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