Wasdale cottages

Wastwater cottages

Wastwater is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes. It is England’s deepest lake and is simply stunning, surrounded by fells such as Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. The road winding along the lakeshore to the head of the Wasdale Valley offers impressive views of the famous screes that drop dramatically to the water’s edge. Wasdale is the wildest of the valleys in the Lake District, Wordsworth described it as, ‘long, stern and desolate’. It has not lost any of its power to surprise, charm and thrill us today, so much so that in 2007 it was named as Britain’s favourite view in a television programme. At the end of the valley lies Wasdale Head a small hamlet of cottages and farms set amidst flat meadows. It sits in a spot that epitomizes the beauty of the Lake District. There is also an historic pub and St Olaf’s Church, the third smallest in England with a stained glass window in memory of the members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club who died in World War I. The Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds’ Meet is held each October and includes hound trailing, fell racing, sheep and sheepdog shows, wrestling, and other local attractions. From this untamed mountain grandeur, the River Irt emerges from Wastwater into a gentler world of fields and farms forming the loose-knit communities of Nether Wasdale, Santon Bridge and Holmrook. The main village is Gosforth, famed for its 10th century Viking cross.

Walking in the area

From your doorstep: Wastwater Screes A few miles away: Scafell, Scafell Pike, Pillar, Yewbarrow, Buckbarrow, Seatallen. Further afield: Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags.

Wasdale cottages


Check availability Buckbarrow, ,
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £287609 per week * Ref: CC2632
Pets allowed: * Short breaks available:


Our featured Wasdale cottages include this stylishly furnished and decorated first floor holiday apartment just 400 metres from the shores of Wastwater. Wastwater is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes. It is England...