OS grid ref:- NY 187086
Wasdale Head, surrounded by mountains of awe inspiring grandeur, is a small, isolated hamlet situated at the head of Wastwater.
The Wasdale Head Inn attracts many climbers and walkers. The inn, which has served as a magnet for aspiring mountaineers since the 1880's, provides accommodation as well as bar and restaurant meals, behind the inn stands an interesting old stone packhorse bridge. A short walk from the inn leads to the impressive waterfalls of Ritsons Force
The shop next door to the inn sells sells climbing equipment as well as a range of foodstuffs, and there are two campsites, at the other end of Wastwater there is a youth hostel, which is also owned by the National Trust.
The Church of St. Olaf at Wasdale Head
The tiny St. Olaf's church at Wasdale Head is England's smallest church, legend reports that its ancient roof beams came from the prows of Viking ships.
A small window in the south wall features an etching of the Naples Needle, together with a biblical inscription.
The interior of the church
In the churchyard may be seen the graves and memorials to the many climbers who have met their death on the surrounding high fells.