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The attractive Lakeland village of Gosforth shelters in the lea of the final slopes of Wasdale’s brooding mountains. While Wasdale is a valley of great beauty, a dramatic place of extremes (boasting Scafell, England’s highest mountain; Wastwater lake, England’s deepest lake; St Olaf’s, England’s smallest church; and host to England’s biggest liar competition) Gosforth is a place of people, of small interesting shops, good pubs and a history of population since around 3000BC.

Wasdale is an awesome valley with its deep lake, Wastwater, lying below towering screes. Its aspect changes with the weather: from calm blue serenity to surging waves running down the lake with the hills around slashed with storms. Whatever the weather it is a spectacular place and yet a quiet unpeopled one. 



Gosforth village 
The bustling community of Gosforth provides a perfect contrast to Wasdale’s isolation. Its rosy sandstone houses and white-washed inns lend it a warmth and welcome at any time of year. Though small in size, Gosforth holds the key to a great deal of the history of the Western Lakes - a crossroads for stone-axe traders and the Norman barons, through to the coastal mail-coaches. There is still a vast wealth of history on display among everyday living.

For those who are searching for a quite different memento of Lakeland, then Gosforth is a great place to start. There are art and craft shops that brim with ideas; a pottery whose glazes are as fresh as the landscapes they reflect; antiques, old books, tapestry kits and hampers packed with local delicacies. Go on spoil yourself - make the moment last.

Gosforth and Wasdale make an ideal base for exploring a whole range of different landscapes: the forest of Blengdale, with its red squirrels and silver firs, the windblown moors where skylarks nest in ancient cairns, Wastwater Lake and its mountains, and the coast - miles of deserted beaches, and the wonderful sand dune reserve at Drigg.

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