Wastwater Lake: “Britain’s Favorite View”

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomWastwater, Wasdale Valley, Lake District National Park, United Kindgom (April 2012).

In 2007, an ITV television program named Wastwater as Britain’s favorite view after the public chose from four landscapes. Wordsworth described Wastwater as “long, stern and desolate.” I can’t say that I agree with either opinion.

Near Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomBefore our trip, I’d read in multiple sources that Wastewater was “Britain’s Favorite View.” Repeated on commercial sources, e.g., tour companies, I didn’t get the part about the selection coming from only four landscapes (Wastwater, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Wales, and The Mountains of Mourne in Co Down, Northern Ireland). How can any one television program crown Britain’s favorite view based on such a small sample anyway?

Had I known the criteria upon which this claim had been based, I don’t know if I would have been expecting THE most beautiful view as I was while driving through Wasdale Valley towards the lake. I’d had very high hopes. After all, if the view is Britain’s favorite, wouldn’t it have to be so for its beauty?

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomWe entered the lake area from the south, catching our first glimpse of water beneath steep, colored slopes.

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomThe treed area opened up quickly to reveal the lake situated in a valley with one shoreline extending out from the lake in a semi-flat manner then moving upwards towards a mountain ridge and the other shoreline consisting of mountain meeting water.

Sheep Near Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomAs for “long, stern and desolate,” I can agree with the long part, but with the variations in color and the wild- and not-so-wildlife, I felt neither the stern nor the desolate.

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomAnd as for THE view…I can definitely agree with pretty or even dramatic, but the landscape was dominated by the far bank’s imposing, scree-covered mountain, which tapered towards its ends. As a result, I found the views to be somewhat disproportional. Even so, I did enjoy the textural variety and the colors.

Panorama of Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomHere is a panorama of nearly one end of Wastwater to the other. Click on this panorama and the one above for larger views.

Wastwater Lake with Scafell Pike, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomOpposite the hamlet of Wasdale Head near the north end of the lake, one can see Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak at 978 meters (3,209 ft). From my research, I’m pretty sure Scafell Pike is the highest peak on the right. Not only notable for resting in the shadow of England’s highest peak, Wastwater is also the deepest of the lakes in England at 79 meters (258 ft.).

National Trust owns Wastwater and Scafell Pike, so one could say that National Trust owns from the highest to the lowest in all of England. Well done, National Trust! Better yet, that means access to the lake is free and campsites are available for a fee.

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomWe did not travel all the way to Wasdale Head, because the day was fading and we had a long return trip to our lodgings beside Lake Windermere, so we turned our car around and headed back out the way we came.

Wastwater Lake, Wasdale Valley, Lake District, United KingdomMaybe not THE view, but not half bad either.


About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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8 Responses to Wastwater Lake: “Britain’s Favorite View”

  1. avian101 says:

    Very good landscape pictures! 🙂

  2. Jack Viere says:

    Your panaromas were so cool to say the least :p

  3. Vicky says:

    You’ve captured some beautiful shots there!!

    I love the ruggedness and the solitude of places like that, but how they can say its Britain’s favourite spot I’m not sure.
    There are many places throughout Britain (as you have probably found), that all have their own beauty. I have many ‘favourite’ places, I couldn’t pin point one in particular, as they all have different merits.

    • Thanks, Vicky! I completely agree that there are many stunning places in the UK with Wastwater only being one of many. I couldn’t choose any one as my absolute favorite either.

  4. To me, the best Lake District views are up in the hill. But these pics are pretty good, too.

    • While in the Lake District, I remember saying, “Oh, my!” about every three minutes. Such beautiful country. I have some hill views, too. I should get to them to post. Glad you liked the pics. 🙂

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