‘Smallest church, deepest lake, highest peak’: Second UK Natural Wonder named

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The UK Wonders were named by Merrell in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).  England’s deepest lake’s bottom is lower than sea level.

Located in the Lake District National Park’s Wasdale Valley, Wastwater is surrounded by mountains.

With Lingmelll, Yewbarrow, Great Gable and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, all around, Wastwater is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Coronation Street actress Sally Whittaker said: “This landscape has fired up the imaginations of painters, poets and climbers over the centuries.

“And it’s not lost any of its power to surprise, charm and thrill us today.”

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Wastwater is far removed from the most popular towns and villages of the region, and is accessible via a single track road.

Britons who wish to stay at Wastwater can stay at the National Trust campsite or at the Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel.

On Tripadvisor, user fluffievelluto said: “The highlight of my recent trip to the Lake District.

“Yes it took me several hours to get there (avoiding the mountain passes) but on arrival I was blown away by how stunning it is… even on a cloudy day!

“Managed to get parking on the shore and was happy to just walk, sit, take some photos. I even waded in – that’s as close to wild swimming as I go!”

Gayle C wrote: “Wow. Dramatic and spectacular. Very difficult to get to – but so worth it. Beautiful. Small waterfalls too.”

Charlotte Nugent said: “We spent the day at Wast Water on a recent caravan holiday (Church Stile Campsite is just down the road) and I can’t recommend this area enough.

“Wild swimming in the lake is unbelievable and the views are just a must see.

“If you’re thinking about visiting this area just do it, you will not be disappointed.”

The tiny village of Wasdale Head has a pub, Wasdale Head Inn, which has been serving Britons for over 200 years.

Amelia said: “Great location for those descending from Scafell Pike and looking for a place to rest.

“The food was good and they had both an indoor and outdoor section. My only criticism is that they serve their food on bigger plates!”

Samatha D said: “We had a wonderful stay enhanced by the incredible views from our room, which was clean and comfortable.

“The whole hotel has great character with collections of historic mountaineering memorabilia and a lovely panelled dining room.

“It is great to stay in a hotel with a pub attached and the bar food here is good pub grub accompanied by a great selection of beer.

“We have already booked our next stay!”

Besides the beauty of Wastwater, a popular attraction in the area is one of the smallest churches in the country, St Olaf’s Church.

Ian G wrote: “Smallest church, deepest lake, highest peak: this is how this area is thought of.

“The church is only used a few times a year but you can go in at most times.

“A wonderful place to visit on your walk in Wastwater.”

Iain and Lorraine said: “Tucked in some trees in Wasdale Head is this lovely little church, one of the smallest in the UK and built using beams from Viking Long Ships!

“The stuff of Legends! It is open and has a visitor book and prayer book by the alter.

“There are some interesting graves too, with many who lost their way on Scafell Pike and other nearby mountains.”


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