Seen on a chill, mist-shrouded winter’s day, there’s something inescapably sinister about the inky black lake of Wastwater, the deepest in England (79m). Perhaps it’s the brooding crown of mountains that frames the lake’s shores, or the shattered slopes of scree that tumble into its waters from the surrounding hilltops. More likely it’s simply that this is still one of the wildest locations in the Lakes, a little-visited area that’s home to just a few houses and a single sturdy inn, all of which are dwarfed by the majestic peaks of nearby Scaféll Pike and Great Gable. It’s a world away from the hustle and buzz of Lake Windermere, which makes Wastwater a favourite spot for walkers looking to experience the Lake District’s more untamed side.
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