Carving its way for 5 miles from the Cumbrian coast, the craggy, windlashed valley of Wasdale is where the Lake District scenery takes a turn on the wild side. Ground out by a long-extinct glacier, it's home to the Lake District's highest and wildest peaks, including the slate-capped summits of Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Yewbarrow, as well as the steely grey expanse of Wastwater, England's deepest and coldest lake. Wasdale's plentiful fells also makes it an irresistible draw for hikers: especially those who are planning to tackle the slog to the top of England's tallest mountain.
Windswept, rain-lashed and frequently cloaked in mist, this remote valley is a real eye-opener, so it's little wonder that it's frequently been voted one of the nation's favourite views. It's also home to one of England's tiniest chapels, the 16th-century St Olaf's Church (a local legend claims the roof-beams were salvaged from a Viking longboat).
The Barn Door Shop, next door to the Wasdale Head Inn, sells camping and walking supplies.