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Wastwater. The Lake District

It’s rare that you get big views for little effort but Wastwater is one of those locations where even on the drive into the valley you will be awestruck by the views. All of the work is done by the car on this one. I personally think this is the best view in the Lake District.

The first thing you will be hit with is the Wastwater screes, there are steep slopes leading from under the water to the tops of the surrounding mountains. There’s a mixture of colours in the screes from the rock fall, heathers and grass.

Once you get around the next corner you will get the view right down the water getting views of the mountains at the end (possibly) reflecting in the water, depending on where you stand you can see Middle Fell, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and the Scafell Range. I’ve had pretty mixed experiences here, it’s either brutal conditions and you can’t see anything or it’s perfect conditions.

There is a nice walk along the water’s edge plus at the Wasdale Head end of the water, there is a National Trust carpark. It depends on where you want to go. I usually come to Wastwater to climb the surrounding fells such as Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Great Gable, Pillar and many more.

OS Map

South West
OS Grid Ref: NY 15905 05818
Latitude: 54° 26′ 26″ N
Longitude: 3° 17′ 53″ W


This is one of the best views in the Lake District. The view up Wastwater, with the dramatic screes lining the edge of the water combined with the mountains at the end create some great photographic opportunities.

Places close by

Places close by: Scafell PikeGreat GablePillarScafell

Nearest town/village: Wasdale HeadNetherwasdaleBootGosforth

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