WASTWATER , THE LAKE DISTRICT (ENGLAND)
I have been to the Lake District in England a few times by now. But I must admit that mostly the trips have been just for a couple of days. So, I haven’t had a chance to explore it as thoroughly as I would have liked.
Hence, I set aside a whole week for this visit to the Lake District.
But as luck would have it, I still managed to only get 3 good days of exploring. The rest had to be sacrificed on the awful weather. The really-heavy-rain-and-strong-winds-kind-of-weather.
Nevertheless, the days of good weather that I was blessed with were totally perfect! And I made the most of them. It was in one of these three days that I went to Wastwater. This was my first time visiting this stunning lake.
The first word that came to mind when I saw it was “WOW!”
And the first feeling I got was goose bumps and a little bit of uneasiness.
I’m not exactly sure why but it looked a bit sinister. It’s a very rugged kind of landscape. Quite different to the rest of the lakes I had seen in the Lake District. (Which I can now only call as “cute” after I saw this one).
I think the haunting feeling is mostly due to the Screes as they were the first thing I saw as I approached the lake.
But quite quickly this uneasy feeling passed and was replaced with wonder and awe.
Wastwater is remote, beautiful, picturesque and enchanting.
For those of you who don’t know here are some facts about this lake.
❤️ It is located in the Wasdale Valley which is situated in the western part of the Lake District in England.
❤️ The Lake is almost 3 miles long.
❤️ This is England’s deepest lake. (About 260 feet deep).
❤️ The scenery is very rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. The lake is surrounded by tall mountains. In fact, England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike contributes as a towering backdrop to this lake.
❤️ There are many walks you can try here. You can walk around the shore or if you are feeling extremely adventurous, then you can try climbing Scafell Pike.
In fact, many visitors to Wastwater come with the intention of climbing England’s highest mountain. My intentions were quite non-adventurous for this visit. Hence, I was content with absorbing the spellbinding beauty of the place with minimal exertion. ?
❤️ The area is very remote and “natural”. I did not see any cafes or facilities in the distance I travelled around the lake. I would however mention that I did not cover the whole length of the lake so if you know of any (places to eat, toilets etc.), please comment below.
❤️ It has an extremely secluded feel. I hardly saw more than four cars in 1 hour. But I did visit in January so I’m sure it will be a little bit more crowded in the summer.
❤️ This was surely one of those places you could sit for hours and enjoy the peace and quiet.
?♀️ Question: Have you ever been to Wastwater? Did anybody else also get this “haunting” feeling on their first visit? Let me know in the comments below.