August 15th, 2015
Located in Wasdale Valley, Wastwater is a pretty lake in the western part of the Lake District National Park surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, including Scafell Pike, Great Gable, and Lingmell. At almost 3 miles long and more than a third of a mile wide, it is also the deepest lake in England at 258 feet and an awe-inspiring little spot to explore, enjoy a picnic, kayak, or hang out with the sheep that roam the area (check out the two oddly paired old biddies I captured at the bottom!). Aren’t they the cutest? They were just standing next to each other for about an hour, chewing on their cud and staring curiously at me.
Literally at the end of the single lane road running along the rugged shores of the lake lies Wasdale Head Inn and Ritson’s Bar, a popular jumping off and returning point for hikers making the ascent up to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. As the rain that had been taking over our camping holiday for the last two days was threatening to start up again, we ducked inside for a pint of ale for Dan and a warm cup of tea for me. Drinks easily turned into a second lunch and soon we were tucking into a lamb pot pie and warm sticky toffee pudding with homemade English Lakes banana toffee walnut ice-cream. It was out of this world delicious!
I wish we could have walked off all the rich food with a hike up some of Scafell Pike but between the wet bone-chilling, muddy weather which we were ill dressed for and an old foot injury of Dan’s aggravating him we were sidelined to the pub.
No worries, I’ll take another scoop of ice-cream and an Irish coffee then please!