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Wasdale Hall Lodge

Gosforth, Lake District, Cumbria

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This sturdy stone cottage is in Wasdale, a remote, tranquil and truly beautiful part of the Lake District National Park. Located just yards from the south-western end of Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, the cottage enjoys excellent lake shore walks. As the lake does not allow motor and sail craft, and even the number of canoes is strictly limited this makes for a very peaceful environment, the only thing disturbing the water is often the sub aqua groups exploring the depths. The spectacular view from this end of the lake has been voted Britain’s Favourite view by television viewers.

There is extensive high fell walking and rock climbing from its door step. Scafell Pike and Great Gable are just across the lake. For a change of scenery the Cumbrian coast and shingle beach at Ravenglass are within easy reach. There are even opportunities for salmon and trout fishing on the nearby River Irt.

The village of Nether Wasdale is home to pubs while Wasdale Head and Gosforth have shops and restaurants to explore.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood burning stove, bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric wall heaters

Parking: Parking available next to the cottage.

Accessibility: The cottage is accessed via roads and tracks that, in winter conditions, can be difficult to negotiate. In periods of very bad weather we may not be able to prepare the cottage for your stay as it is very unlikely that you would be able to access the cottage safely. If this is the case we will contact you in advance and discuss the options with you.

Garden: There is an enclosed garden with a small private patio.

Television/Signal: A television and DVD player are provided but please note there is no television reception. Visitors may wish to bring their own DVDs.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Visit
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing and visit
National Trust places to visit
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon Vast area of open country -- valleys, mountains, rivers and lake -- from wild Wasdale to the Duddon Estuary
Buttermere and Ennerdale
Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater
Steam Yacht Gondola Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water
Borrowdale: Force Crag Mine
Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the Lake District

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Love
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    Cosy cottage. Clean, warm and welcoming. Lovely log burner.

  • Howells
    • November 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The location was stunning. The cottage was really cosy and full of character

  • Slatford
    • November 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The peace and quiet in a very comfortable property in a beautiful location.

  • Jacqueline Jones
    • May 2015
    • Chester
    Made special by:

    Being able to walk straight out of the cottage and enjoying the lake and surroundings area. We were happy with entire stay.

  • Elizabeth Bray
    • May 2015
    • England
    Cosy and warm cottage

    Cosy and warm cottage. Excellent base for walking at all levels , high or low altitude long or short.

  • Eakin family
    • March 2015
    • Cheshire
    Made special by:

    Walking with dogs up on the mountains/fells they need to be on the lead as hardwicks are eveywhere, so the gardens/wood around wasdale hall, straight out the back door of the lodge, were superb for walking the dog off the lead first thing in the morning. On the path around the edge of those wood you come across the official 'best view' up the length of wasdale lake- a breathtaking view when you first see it and the clouds start to clear off the mountain tops. The NT have recently worked on the good paths in these woods and cleared a lot of the invasive rhododendron which allows for many more views as you turned every corner. Looking at the cottage availability to return when there's better weather to walk Scafell Pike. The outstanding location of the lodge, the home comforts, the log burning stove, the tranquillity and the dog friendliness made this a truly memorable weekend even with the wet February winter weather.

  • Clare Hodgson
    • January 2015
    • North Yorkshire
    Superb location

    This was our return visit to this cottage. We absolutely love it. The house and it's location are superb, it's just perfect for a break with our dogs. It's such a warm and cosy hideaway, on the doorstop of spectacular scenery and walks. We will return. Sue the caretaker has obviously taken care and pride in her work, the cottage was so welcoming when we arrived. The centre staff were extremely helpful when I phoned them.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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