Another lake carved into the landscape by a glacier, Wastwater holds the bragging rights for the title of ‘deepest lake in England’. Owned by the National Trust, Wast Water is also known for being another lake that’s not easy to reach directly, unless you’re a crow – in which case it’s not too long a flight. For readers who aren’t crows, however, access must be via the A595, which hugs Cumbria’s western coast.
Wast Water’s northern tip is at Wasdale Head – the site of a remote campsite and the last pub for miles – popular with walkers taking on a climb of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Accessible by a remote road and with a circular lake walk available, the feeling of rugged wilderness is hard to beat.