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Wasdale & Scafell Pike

Wasdale is a remote hamlet in a valley of the same name. It is situated at the foot of England’s highest peaks near Wast Water, the deepest lake in the country. Driving along the lakeshore you can pull over at one of the many lay-bys (a local term for roadside parking areas) for a nice picnic and enjoy what has been voted by the Brits as “Britain’s Favourite View”.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can hike from Wasdale Head up to the summit of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (3,209 ft /978 m). The easiest path, the Mickledore route, is just over 5.6 miles (9 km) long and takes around 4 – 5 hours. On a clear day you can see towards Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with views so breathtaking that they have inspired literary greats such as the English poet William Wordsworth. Afterwards, reward your belly at the Wasdale Head Inn, which fancies itself the “birthplace of British rock climbing”.

If you do visit this area, perhaps you should take all stories told by the locals with a grain of salt. In memory of a legendary local fibber, a former landlord of the inn, Wasdale hosts the World’s Biggest Liar competition every November.

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