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5 ways to explore Wasdale, the Lake District's secluded gem

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Wasdale is one of the most remote and secluded areas of the Lake District - but is a beautiful destination, and one that should surely be visited.

The secluded Cumbrian area of the Lake District will take your breath away as you will never see the same view twice. Wasdale offers stunning vistas, from the lakeshore of England’s deepest lake to the summit of the tallest mountain of Scafell Pike.

Whilst in Wasdale, I stayed at the YHA Hostel. The views out of my room towards Wasdale Lake were spectacular and the location was great for access to Scafell Pike and other surrounding areas. 

Whether you’re feeling up to the challenge of climbing Scafell Pike or fancy a dip and wild swim in Wasdale Lake, be sure to add this part of the lakes to your bucket list. Swimming might be a bit chilly though so be warned (even at the height of summer.)
1. Woodland Strolls

Explore the southern end of the lake and Nether Wasdale and the natural woodlands, with its winding paths and spectacular view over the Lake District.

2. Tour of Wasdale Head

Surrounded by England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, Wasdale has a vast opportunity for mountain walking. The tour of Wasdale head includes valleys, river banks, ancient tracks and waterfalls, and can be cut short or extended at any point - which is great if you're not a hugely experienced hiker.

3. Climb Scafell

Climbing Scafell from Wasdale is the shortest and most direct route up the mountain. The remote valley has fabulous scenery from both the top and bottom of the mountain.

Despite the short length this route is rarely used, due to Wasdale being one of the most secluded areas of the Lake District. Nevertheless, the route includes a spectacular scrambling opportunity, which is not accessible from any other route to the summit.

On the descent, via Lingmell, the views across the Lake District and towards Great Gable over Piers Gill are breathtaking.

I have climbed Scafell on three separate occasions - however, this was the best route I had done due to its short length. This weather was also a contributing factor as the sun can really make a difference. Obviously. 

Wasdale is also arguably the birthplace of British rock climbing and the crags of Wasdale have been, and continue to be, an inspiration for rock and ice climbers.

4. Wining and Dining

Although Wasdale is secluded, there are a few village pubs that set the scene perfectly.

The Strands Inn is a little gem located in the heart of the village. Not much traffic passes by, but the locals really bring the place to life. There is a great selection of local ales and the food is spot on at a reasonable price too.

The Screes Inn is another local pub, which again offers real ales and other refreshments as well as classic pub grub.

If you plan on traveling to Wasdale alone, you won’t be without company, as everyone is so nice. A huge comparison to the big city.

5. Cycling and Mountain Biking

Where better to take in the stunning views, inhale the clean country air and take a break from reality than Wasdale? Cycling or mountain biking is great around the area and there are lots of trials to pick up, whether you fancy a light and gentle ride or an adrenaline rush.

The western part of the Lake District is seeing more and more visitors year on year, and I can definitely see why after my short stay.

Thomas travelled to the Lake District with YHA. National Student readers can get 10% off YHA stays with code NATSTU-017 so start your adventure today.

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