Nether Wasdale

Nether Wasdale

Route: Nether Wasdale

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 24th April 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: A few bright patches at first, but gradually clouding over

Low cloud hanging over most of the Lakeland fells persuaded me to plan a low level walk today, and as it’s a while since I was last in Wasdale I decided to head south. I parked in a small car park at a triangle of roads just beyond Nether Wasdale, and after turning right out of the car park crossed the River Irt, and then joined the track leading to Easthwaite. After passing through the farm I headed towards the foot of Wastwater. There was some momentary confusion when I reached the path to Lund Bridge. This is clearly marked as a public footpath on the latest OS map, yet there was a sign on the gate ‘PRIVATE – no public right of way’. It wasn’t worth risking a trespass, and in any event is was lambing season so I thought it best to avoid disturbing the sheep, and instead made a short detour via the river which soon brought me to Lund Bridge

I followed the path around Low Wood, where a mass of bluebells were just starting to come into flower, and arrived at the foot of Wastwater. On a clear day the view from here is one of the finest mountain landscapes in the Lake District. Sadly it was not a clear day today, but the view was impressive all the same

I continued along the lakeshore path and just beyond Wasdale Hall I climbed up to the road, which I followed for a short distance before turning off at High Birkhow. The track beside the wood, and through the open countryside at Ashness How, has been reduced to a deeply rutted quagmire by heavy farm vehicles, though much of the thick mud could be avoided by weaving from side to side of the track. It was a relief to turn off at Scale Bridge and to follow the very pleasant path back to the start of a splendid short walk

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