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
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.