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 ….
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