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Description 

The traditional center of rock climbing in Britain. Although rock climbs were done prior to the ascents here, it is the ascent of Napes Needle by Hasket Smith in 1886 which is popularly regarded as the UK's first rock climb which satisfied the requirements of such - i.e doing it for its own sake.

Wasdale Head is at the end of the moody valley where lies Wastwater (a large mountain lake) - surrounded by the greatest of English peaks, Scafell, Scafell Pike, and Great Gable.
Notable crags are:

  • Scafell Crag
  • The Napes
  • Pillar Rock

All of them can claim to have magnificent traditional mountain routes.

Where to stay
Although there are some local B&B's and Inns, The Wasdale Head Inn is the place to stay (get reservations) because it is steeped in climbing history and old pictures and climbing gear adorn the walls. An alternate is Strands Hotel at Nether Wasdale, they have mirco-brewery on site!!! There's also a large campsite, for those inclined or short of cash, nice if the weather's fine.

Getting There 

An adventure unto itself! But what the heck, you're driving a rental! Exit from the M6 North at Junction 36 and towards the town of Newby Bridge (A590) from there it's still the A590, then the A595 to Ravenglass, continue to Gosforth. Now turn right onto a narrow road which (if you follow the signs) will take you east to Wasdale Head (on single lane roads).

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.2 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wasdale:
Napes Needle   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 6'   The Napes ,Great Gable
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The First Ascent,and in nailed boots. April 1897. ...

Kern Knotts Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Great Gable
A great climb now and a very impressive first ascent for its era. P1)Climb the crack to the sentry box, Either jam the direct or climb the right wall on small holds to a long step left to the narrow part of the crack. Follow the fine crack to its top .75' 5.7+ P2)Step off the block onto the slab, Delicate moves to easier climbing to the top. 50'5.6....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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This is the barn next to the Wasdale Inn . With a ...
This is the barn next to the Wasdale Inn . With a ...
Wastwater Lake. Photo Ann Bowker
Wastwater Lake. Photo Ann Bowker
First ever Fell and Rock Climbing Club meet..........
First ever Fell and Rock Climbing Club meet..........
Reflections. Wasdale Lake and Valley
Reflections. Wasdale Lake and Valley
The Scawfells and Wasdale Lake from a Para glide.....
The Scawfells and Wasdale Lake from a Para glide.....
Looking up the Wasdale Valley viewed across Wasdal...
Looking up the Wasdale Valley viewed across Wasdal...
Climbers on the Pinnacle Face of Scawfell Crag
Climbers on the Pinnacle Face of Scawfell Crag
Michael Kenyon on Centaur.5.9, East Buttress, Scaf...
Michael Kenyon on Centaur.5.9, East Buttress, Scaf...
Hiking up from Wasdale to the Scawfell climbs. Was...
Hiking up from Wasdale to the Scawfell climbs. Was...
Heading back down to Wasdale.. The famous pub at W...
Heading back down to Wasdale.. The famous pub at W...
Wasdale Lake from Yewbarrow...photo. Pete Armstron...
Wasdale Lake from Yewbarrow...photo. Pete Armstron...
Photo 1900 on the Wasdale hotel barn traverse
Photo 1900 on the Wasdale hotel barn traverse
Evening light on  Wasdale Lake . Looking towards G...
Evening light on Wasdale Lake . Looking towards G...

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