Wastwater Screes

  • Great views over Upper Wasdale
  • Dramatic cliffs under the pleasant ridge
  • An ‘adventure’ on the screes near the lake

The Wastwater Screes just have to be included, less so for the walk itself but due to its spectacular and forbidding outlook as Wasdale is approached from the west. I possibly agree with its title of ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ voted after a 2007 TV programme but as attractive as Great Gable and Yewbarrow look it is the forbidding depths of Wastwater itself (at 260 foot, the deepest Lakeland lake) and the dramatic scree and boulders which tumble directly in to the depths of the lake which give this area its true drama.

However this does not disguise the fact that walking along the southern shore of Wastwater gives the most unpleasant mile of terrain within the entire Lake District – ankle breaking potential if ever there was as this is not so much traditional scree as loose boulder hopping at its most delicate. The high ridge though is lovely and certainly worth a visit, if only for the inspiring views in to the head of Wasdale and for those who fancy the ‘proper’ round there will certainly be a story to tell.

Recommend: There are 3 options if you do not fancy boulder hopping along the shores of Wastwater; retrace your steps over the ridge, take the road on the northern shore or simply persuade someone to pick you up!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 126040. Parking is freely available in Nether Wasdale.
Height to Climb: 692ms (2,270 feet)
Terrain: I have said a lot about the difficulty of negotiating the screes but the rest of the walk is a real pleasure.
Eating & Drinking: The two pubs in Nether Wasdale are excellent - it is the main reason I prefer starting and finishing at this end.
Similar Walks Nearby: Not so easy Yewbarrow
Craggy frolics over Eskdale
Pillar from Wasdale Head
Places to Stay: Gosforth Hall InnRavenglass Camping & Caravanning