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in the county of Cumbria

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About Wasdale Head

Vast, lonely landscape of towering fells, jewel like streams and tarns situated at the head of the Wasdale Valley with the mighty Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain and Great Gable forming an almost uniformity range of mountains in the distance.

The area is of immense attraction to walkers. For those visitors not wishing to walk too far, there are not just memorable views of dramatic scenery, but some interesting buildings to be seen. Set amongst an ancient patchwork of fields at the head of Wasdale is the intriguing small church of St. Olaf, thought by many to be the smallest church in England. Another church, St.Mary's is found at near-by Gosforth, this is of great historical interest with Viking monuments renowned world-wide.

The interior of St.Mary's has much to impress with two 10th century "Hogback" tombstones seen covering the graves of Norse Chieftains, these depict houses of the dead carved with battle scenes. The Chancel Arch shows carved faces and resting on the western window cill is a roughcast iron Chinese bell. Other curiosities include an odd assortment of collection boxes, and a Viking fishing stone. In the churchyard amongst the ancient gravestones there is a striking Norse Cross believed to be from 940 AD, this important monument stands to a height of 14 feet, it depicts the victory of Christ over Heathen Gods. Gosforth lies between the coast and Nether Wasdale, it is worth the trip if only to see the church, but whilst here visit the highly scenic Blengdale Forest which offers superb walking and a close-by ancient packhorse bridge known as "Monk's Bridge".

Wasdale offers plenty of places to stay ranging from a camping site owned by the National Trust and a NT youth hostel, to more luxurious country house accommodation. It is also the home of the famous Wasdale Head Inn, considered generally to be the birthplace of climbing.

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Wastwater in Cumbria's Lake District is the deepest Lake in England at 258ft deep (79 metres).

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Glaramara in Rosthwaite, Cumbria, England

Glaramara

Rosthwaite, Cumbria, England (4.6 miles, 7.4 km, direction NE)
Situated within the picturesque Lake District, the privately owned Glaramara boasts scenic views of the Borrowdale Fells, free parking, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and easy access to rock climbing, fell...
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Bridge End Farm Cottages in Boot, Cumbria, England4 stars

Bridge End Farm Cottages

Boot, Cumbria, England (4.9 miles, 7.9 km, direction S)
Surrounded by mountains, the Bridge End Farm Cottages are situated in the idyllic village of Boot....
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The Boot Inn in Boot, Cumbria, England

The Boot Inn

Boot, Cumbria, England (5.0 miles, 8.0 km, direction S)
Situated in the quaint village of Boot, The Boot Inn offers free WiFi access, free parking, a bar and a restaurant. Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the inn is surrounded by cyclin...
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Brook House Inn in Eskdale, Cumbria, England4 stars

Brook House Inn

Eskdale, Cumbria, England (5.0 miles, 8.0 km, direction S)
A Lake District guest house around 17 miles from Scafell Pike, Brook House Inn provides en suite accommodation and a restaurant and bar....
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Yewbarrow in Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England

Yewbarrow

Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England (5.1 miles, 8.1 km, direction SW)
Set in Nether Wasdale in the Cumbria Region, this holiday home is 3 km from Wasdale. The property features views of the city and is 8 km from Wastwater Lake. The unit fitted with a kitchen with an ov...
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The Screes Inn in Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England

The Screes Inn

Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England (5.1 miles, 8.1 km, direction SW)
With views of the Cumbrian fells, The Screes Inn is located in the village of Nether Wasdale, less than 5 minutes’ drive from Wastwater lake. Rock climbing and canoeing are amongst the adventure act...
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Buckbarrow in Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England

Buckbarrow

Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, England (5.1 miles, 8.1 km, direction SW)
Located in Nether Wasdale in the Cumbria Region, this holiday home is 3 km from Wasdale. The cottage is 8 km from Wastwater Lake. The kitchen features a dishwasher. Towels and bed linen are available...
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