This walk starts from a point east of Nether Wasdale. Drive through the village and cross a bridge over a beck. Bear right and use the parking lay by. This walk delivers magnificent views across England’s deepest lake to the immense, crumbling wall of The Screes.
1. From the parking area, walk south and cross the hump bridge, Forest Bridge. Just after, there is a lane on the left, signed to Lakefoot. Follow this lane to Easthwaite farm and pass the farmhouse. Continue on the track, through a couple of gates and over a beck, by a footbridge. From this point it is worth continuing to the pumping-station, where Yewbarrow dominates the view across the lake.
2. Turn around to walk back as though to the footbridge over the beck.
Before you reach the beck, bear right just after a gate to follow the riverbank until you see a humpback bridge on the right. Cross this and turn immediately right through a gate. As you walk through the mixed planting of conifers and hardwoods you come to a boathouse and the path bears left.
3. This point gives one of the most dramatic scenes in Lakeland with the massive bulk of Great Gable at the head of the valley. A camera is a must! Stay with the lakeshore path, past the YHA - formerly Wasdale Hall - to a fork in the path. Take the right fork along the lakeside. Go through the wooded area, over the grassland and across the stile onto the road.
4. Turn left along the road, over the cattle grid, until you see a walled lane on the right. Go up this lane. The high wall on the right conceals what was once the Hall's kitchen garden. At the end of the lane bear left across the grassland and enjoy the panorama in view. Aim for the signpost at the top of the winding track.
5. Turn left on the track over open ground to the bridleway, signed Galesyke. The bridleway bears hard left down as far as the road. Turn right at the road to retrace your steps to the car.
Map: OS Outdoor Leisure 6 - English Lakes South Western Area
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 3 hours
Terrain: Easy walking