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Wasdale, the wildest of the valleys in the Lake District, is the remote and beautiful area between Gosforth in West Cumbria, past Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and up to the mountains Great Gable and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.
Set amidst yew trees in the Viking fields at the head of Wasdale, near the deepest lake and the highest mountain in England, is the little St Olaf’s Church, possibly the smallest church in England. The church is roofed with massive slate tiles over beams that are claimed to come from wrecked Viking ships.
At the edge of Wasdale is the picturesque village of Gosforth. St Mary’s Church dates from Norman times, and in its churchyard is England’s tallest ancient cross, and a cork tree, planted in 1833, the most northerly in Europe.
There is a National Trust campsite at the Wasdale Head end of the lake. At the other end is the Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel, also owned by the National Trust.