rainbow over Grasmere
Grasmere

Gallery - Western Lakes, Wastwater and Ennerdale

The most spectacular mountain scenery lies in the west of the Lake District where England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, towers over the head of the valley of Wadale. Historic rock climbs are here and on Great Gable and Pillar Rock. Wasdale's tiny Church, St Olaf's, has interesting gravestones of mountaineers. To the south of Wastwater is unspoilt Eskdale where the village of Boot is the terminus of 'La'al Ratty', a narrow-gauge railway that starts at Ravenglass on the coast. Ennerdale is one of the quietest lakes where pleasant walks on Forestry Commission tracks lead along the lake overlooked by Pillar mountain.

  • Spectators with binoculars watching a hound trail

    Spectators with binoculars watching a hound trail

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    at Wasdale Show with Great Gable beyond

  • The start of a hound trail

    The start of a hound trail

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    at Wasdale Show with Great Gable beyond

  • Packhorse bridge over the Mosedale Beck at Wasdale Head

    Packhorse bridge over the Mosedale Beck at Wasdale Head

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    With Pillar Fell beyond

  • A line of Herdwick sheep on the craggy fellside above Boot in Eskdale ...

    A line of Herdwick sheep on the craggy fellside above Boot in Eskdale ...

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    ... with a distant view of Scafell

  • Penny Hill farm nestling in Eskdale

    Penny Hill farm nestling in Eskdale

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    Harter Fell beyond

  • Fleetwith Pike seen across Crummock Water and Buttermere

    Fleetwith Pike seen across Crummock Water and Buttermere

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    from the south summit of Melbreak

  • Fleetwith Pike seen across Crummock Water and Buttermere

    Fleetwith Pike seen across Crummock Water and Buttermere

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    from the south summit of Melbreak

  • Red Pike and Burtness Combe reflected in Crummock Water

    Red Pike and Burtness Combe reflected in Crummock Water

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    A solitary oak on the lake shore

  • Haystacks seen across Buttermere

    Haystacks seen across Buttermere

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    with a little mist on the lake

  • Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain, Great Gable and Lingmell

    Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain, Great Gable and Lingmell

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    seen across the lake from the south-west end of Wastwater

  • Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain and Great Gable ...

    Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain and Great Gable ...

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    ... with boathouse as the River Irt leaves Wastwater

  • Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain and Great Gable

    Yewbarrow, Pillar mountain and Great Gable

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    seen across the lake from the south-west end of Wastwater

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