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About Wastwater 

Wastwater is a lake in the Lake District National Park and is the deepest lake in England at 79 metres (258 feet).

The lake is located in the Wasdale Valley and is approximately 4.6 kilometres (almost 3 miles) long and 600 metres (more than a third of a mile) wide.

The steep slopes on the south eastern side of the lake, leading up to the summits of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head, are known as the "Wastwater Screes" or on some maps as "The Screes".

The head of the Wasdale Valley is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Lingmell.

A popular path runs the length of the lake, through the boulders and scree fall at the base of this craggy fell-side.

On the north western side are the cliffs of Buckbarrow (a part of Seatallan) and the upturned-boat shape of Yewbarrow.

Walking routes near Wastwater


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