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Camping near Wasdale

If you really want to camp in amongst the mountains of the Lake District National Park, there are few better places to choose than the land around Wasdale Head. Within a four-mile radius you'll find Seatallan, Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Pillar, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Illgill Head, Great End and England's highest mountain – Scafell Pike – to name but a few. The result is campsites with epic, dramatic scenery all around, plus instant access to some of the best footpaths in the country. If you love the outdoors, you'll love camping or glamping at Wasdale.

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Camping and glamping in Wasdale

At the foot of England’s highest mountain and on the shores of its deepest lake, Wasdale offers dramatic backdrops for a Lake District camping or glamping holiday. On the western side of the national park, it’s a little harder to get to and makes a perfect basecamp for hardier and more intrepid campers and glampers. If you’re looking to hike up Scafell Pike or tackle the climbing routes on Great Gables, this could be the place for you. Likewise, if the scree-covered, slope-sided shores of Wastwater hold more attraction for you than the easily-accessible and more-developed waters of the South Lakes area. There are plenty of places to pitch your tent or park up in a campervan or motorhome in the Lake District – and the area around Wasdale is no exception. There are also places for people who don’t have their own gear but still want to enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors. Choose from glamping sites with camping pods, yurts, bell tents, shepherds' huts and more, and rest assured that the Hipcamp collection features only the best camping and glamping sites in Wasdale and the rest of Lakeland.

Things to do in Wasdale

Hiking, fell-running and climbing are the most obvious things to do in Wasdale and, with England’s tallest mountains all around, there’s plenty of opportunity. If you’re heading to the area as part of the Three Peaks challenge, or on your own peak-bagging exercise to the top of Scafell Pike, you’ll want to make a beeline for the well-trodden route from Wasdale Head, north of Wastwater. Make sure you do a bit of preparation and route-planning first though and check out advice from the National Trust before your visit. The organisation was gifted Scafell Pike and much of the area around Wasdale after the First World War and it’s from them that you’ll need to get a permit if you’re bringing a canoe or kayak to paddle in the moody waters of Wastwater too. Part of the attraction of Wasdale is in its remoteness and there’s not much by way of purpose-built tourist attractions in the immediate area. You might like to take a little peek inside Wasdale’s church. St Olaf’s is, in contrast to its grand natural neighbours, thought to be the smallest church in England. Nearby Eskdale is where you’ll find a little more by way of man-made attractions and contenders for rainy-day activities. There’s the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Muncaster Castle and Eskdale Mill. For more information on things to do in the area visit the Lake District National Park website.


If you really want to camp in amongst the mountains of the Lake District National Park, there are few better places to than the land around Wasdale Head. Within a three-mile radius you'll find Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, to name but a few – meaning epic surroundings for any campsite, plus instant access to some of the best footpaths in the country.

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