Wast Water, Nether Wasdale

Nether Wasdale

Route: Nether Wasdale

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 10th May 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: A few bright patches, gradually clouding. Some light rain from time to time

It’s been over a year since my previous walk in Nether Wasdale which is a year too long, as some of the country’s finest landscape is to be found in these parts. I parked in a small car park by Cinderdale Bridge, at a triangle of roads just beyond the village of Nether Wasdale. After turning right out of the car park I crossed the River Irt, and then joined the delightful  track leading to Easthwaite, located in a dramatic position below The Screes. After passing around the farm I headed towards the foot of Wastwater. Before entering Low Wood I made a short there and back diversion to the foot of the lake to admire the wonderful view

After retracing my steps I crossed Lund Bridge and entered into Low Wood. The wood is renowned for its wonderful display of bluebells and I was looking forward to this section of the walk. Last time I was here, in late April, the bulbs weren’t in flower. Today the flowering was over. I was about a week too late – let’s hope it’s 3rd time lucky next year

I wasn’t too disappointed though as I knew that there would be other sights to enjoy. I followed the path along the shore of Wast Water, with an ever improving view to Wasdale Head, one which has been voted as the UK’s favourite view in previous years. I continued along the shore as far as the Landing Stage shown on the OS map and then joined the quiet road leading to Greendale. Just beyond Greendale I turned off the road and joined a path through Roan Wood, which took me out onto open countryside

Beyond Ashness How there are 3 possible routes back to the start, one of which – via Scale Bridge and Mill Place – avoids the road entirely. However I’ve not seen Woodhow Tarn before and wanted to visit it, so I took the path to Woodhow instead. The tarn is a pleasant little spot but there’s no public access, and the small detour wasn’t really worth the bother. At Woodhow I joined the quiet lane leading back to the start of a wonderful walk, during the course of which I’d not seen a single walker

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