Wast Water

Wast Water

Western Lake District

Route: Wast Water from Nether Wasdale

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.9 miles

Weather: Mostly cloudy, some sleet showers, very cold

Wast Water is only 13 miles away from our home in the North West lakes, but such is the nature of the intervening terrain that it takes an hour to drive there, and involves a long diversion along the west coast of the country in order to circumvent the mountains. That’s my excuse for not having visited the wonderful valley of Wasdale for a while. Absence makes the heart grow fonder though and I was greatly looking forward to this walk

I drove over to Nether Wasdale near the head of Wast Water. There is some parking in this quiet village but it’s best not to clutter the place up and so I took advantage of the walkers car park beyond the village, by Cinderdale Bridge

I joined a track leading through Easthwaite Farm which eventually emerges at the head of Wast Water – a great moment, for this is one of the most spectacular places in the country. After crossing Lund Bridge I followed the lakeshore path which joins the road to Wasdale Head

There followed a lengthy road section but this wasn’t an issue – the only traffic I encountered were sheep. The classic views towards lakeland’s finest fells got better and better as I progressed, until it was time to start the return leg and head along the road to Greendale

At the foot of Buckbarrow I left the road to join a path which took me back through the fields to the start of the walk. The weather had been very mixed, but after the walk was over there was an improvement in the light – as the final photos will reveal…

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