Overbeck Bridge, Wast Water

England’s deepest lake with white, quartz beaches and clear water. Road access all along the NW shore. Dramatic mountain backdrop. Good pub and NT campsite.

Directions: Signed Santon Bridge / Wasdale from the A595 W coast road between Barrow and Whitehaven. Or from Ambleside and Eskdale via the dramatic Hardknott Pass. 21⁄2 miles on from the youth hostel, there’s a good beach at Overbeck Bridge, with car park on L by stream. Continue to end of lake for Wasdale Head Inn and camping (CA20 1EX)