A flat bottomed valley with braken and trees on the hillsides

Wastwater and the Lake District West Coast - explore and visit

Wastwater, England's deepest lake, lies in Wasdale to the west of the National Park. The view from the south-western end of the lake near the youth hostel was voted Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 by television viewers. The view takes in the lake with the mountains of Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell behind. It forms the basis for the National Park's logo. Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, lies at the top of Lingmell.

Getting to Wasdalde and Wastwater

After its successful trial last year the Wasdale Shuttle will be back for summer 2022, running a regular service from Netherwasdale. It will also connect with trains at Ravenglass station. Wasdale gets very busy with parked cars in the summer holidays, so taking the shuttle bus makes it easier for you and reduces the pressure on the small valley roads.

Wasdale Head

This village lies at the very north eastern end of the lake and has a pub, a few houses and the tiny church of St Olaf. The road there is narrow and single-track so drive carefully.

Nether Wasdale

The tiny village of Nether Wasdale is to the west of the lake and has two pubs.

Around Eskdale

The beautiful Eskdale valley includes villages like Santon Bridge and Boot. There's also the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway. There are several pubs and a few local shops.


On the west coast of Cumbria, Ravenglass is the only coastal town in the National Park. There is a shingle beach and fishermen’s cottages looking out over the estuary.

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water is the only lake which does not have a road running along its full length.

Where to stay near Wastwater

Hotels, Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Cottages near Wastwater and the West Coast

Easy walking routes near Ravenglass and Eskdale from Miles without Stiles:

Guided walks

We run a series of guided walks from April to October

Book your guided walk near Eskdale

Places to visit

You can book the attractions below online. Any commission we receive from your booking will go towards keeping this landscape special for future generations.