Wastwater, sometimes referred to as 'Wast Water', is located in the Lake District and at 80m is England's deepest lake. Found in the Wasdale Valley, 61m above sea level, it measures 3 miles in length and 600m in width. It is surrounded by several famous peaks including Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and England's tallest, Scafell Pike. Another unique feature of the lake's surrounds is the screes - millions of fragments of broken rock rising from the lake to a height of 200m. In fact, the views are so beautiful from the lake that in a 2007 ITV television programme, the view from the south west end of the lake was voted as the nation's favourite.
Close to the lake, which is owned, like Scafell Pike, by the National Trust, are several villages including Wasdale Head - home to St. Olaf's Church, one of the smallest in the country and a remnant of the Norse farmers who arrived here in the 9th and 10th centuries. The Ravendale and Eskdale steam railway and Muncaster Castle, home to the World Owl Centre, a maze and, according to some, a ghost, make up the area's top attractions. Campers are welcome and there is also a youth hostel close to the lake.