The Western Lake District – Home to England’s Highest Peak

Walking as a whole is becoming more and more popular and now with the Lake District having UNESCO World Heritage Status, the beauty of the Lakeland fella has been opened up to an international audience that may never have heard about it before.

Combine that with the popularity of charity walks and events, it’s no wonder one of the quietest parts of the Lake District National Park is becoming busier and busier and for one particular mountain, Scafell Pike.

Located in the Wasdale Valley, a beautiful valley in itself, Scafell Pike is England’s highest peak at a height of 978 metres. But what sets Scafell part from Snowdon and Ben Nevis is the fells around it, the Wasdale Valley and the iconic view looking down to it which is still regularly described as Britain’s Favourite. With the stunning and imposing Great Gable to its left and Yewbarrow, aa lesser known fell but one that frames this spectacular view opposite, the valley also the nearly 5km in length Wastwater. Wastwater has the title of the deepest body of water in the Lake District as well which is easy to understand geographically with the imposing Wasdale Screes coming up from it.

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Back to Scafell Pike and it is a walk that should not be underestimated. There is no let up on the ascent, its up, up and more up right from the get go. The valley also attracts inclement weather, one minute bright sunshine, the next Scafell Pike can be shrouded in dense cloud as low as 300 metres. The sense of achievement and view from the summit (if it’s a good day) looking out to the Irish Sea, down to Wastwater and across to the central and northern fells, priceless.

Despite the remote location, there are some wonderful places to stay when climbing Scafell Pike or the other fells in the area. Combine that with some truly Lake District pubs and its no wonder this area is somewhere people come back to time and time again. Low Wood Hall have been providing bed & breakfast accommodation in Nether Wasdale for years but have now opened up the building next door for group, self catering accommodation. Low Wood Lodge has the added benefit of having en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen and living areas but with Low Wood Hall next door for (guest only) evening meals and drinks. Low Wood Lodge self catering for Scafell can be booked for short breaks or full weeks and sleeps up to 14 in total. A group celebration, get together of friends, walking group, team building, Low Wood Lodge can accommodate all. Visit http://www.lowwoodlodge.co.uk/ for more details and to book.