A – Z Blogging Challenge = W is for Wastwater

The deepest lake in the UK at 79m deep, Wastwater (or Wast Water, both are used) is in the Lake District, in the county of Cumbria in north west England. It’s nearly1/2 a mile wide and almost 3 miles long.

You have to really want to get there; Wastwater is pretty inaccessible but so worth the effort; surrounded by 2000m hills, and with a narrow twisting road which doesn’t go all the way round the lake. It’s a stunning place, quiet, remote, slightly eerie in feel. The slopes of the hills leading down to the lakeshore are loose scree, it’s difficult, though possible, to walk and climb them. 

Several years ago police were asked to remove an ‘underwater garden’ of garden gnomes which was on on the lake bed – sadly, several divers had died while looking for the gnomes. Rumour has it that the garden may have been recently reinstated at a depth deeper than the police are allowed to dive to ….


“Wastwater, Yewbarrow and Great Gable – geograph.org.uk – 1546772” by Andy Stephenson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wastwater,_Yewbarrow_and_Great_Gable_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1546772.jpg#/media/File:Wastwater,_Yewbarrow_and_Great_Gable_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1546772.jpg


3 thoughts on “A – Z Blogging Challenge = W is for Wastwater

  1. Beautiful place! There are some wonderful scenic spots near us. We have the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just south of us (less than an hour) and the Blue Ridge Parkway which ends in Cherokee, NC (about 2-hrs from us) on the south side of the Smoky’s. The east Tennessee & western North Carolina mountains is an exceptional place to photograph and enjoy. We try to do this often on Saturdays when it’s pretty weather. From the BRP just north of Asheville, North Carolina you can see the water reservoir and it’s quite gorgeous. Now, I want to take a drive through the mountains!

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