Guide to the Lakes

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Yewbarrow over Wastwater

The deepest lake in England (over 250ft), Wastwater sits in the Wasdale valley overlooked by the highest mountains in England, Scafell Pike, Lingmell and Great Gable. At Wasdale head, beyond the north end of the lake is the Wasdale Inn and a starting point for many people climbing the high mountains.

The scree slopes on the south eastern side of the lake appear to fall straight into the water, giving an almost forboding appearance when seen from the opposite shores. There are no boats on the lake, which is used as a source of fresh water for the Sellafield plant on the coast.

A photograph of Wastwater was voted as Britain's favourite view by the viewers of an ITV television program in 2007.

Map showing Wastwater