NY1505 : Wast Water

taken 4 years ago, 4 km from Nether Wasdale, Cumbria, Great Britain

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Wast Water
Wast Water
There are several unofficial parking spots along the north west shore of Wast Water. This view was taken from the first one past cattle grid just NE of the Youth Hostel at Wasdale Hall. The shoreline here is dotted with large outcrops of rock giving good vantage points to take in the dramatic views of Yewbarrow (616m) with Kirk Fell (802m) just visible behind, Great Gable (899m) and Lingmell (900m). Just visible behind Lingmell to the right is Sca Fell leading to Scafell Pike (977m) shrouded in cloud, the highest mountain in England.

The steeply rising slopes on the right of the photograph, known as the Wastwater Screes, lead up to the summits of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. Formed as a result of ice and weathering erosion on the rocks of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group, these screes are around 2,000 feet, from top to base, the base being about 200 feet below the surface of the lake. The lake itself, is the deepest in England at 258 feet, 50 feet below sea level at its deepest point.

Wast Water is a European Designated Special Area of Conservation in respect of the specialist habitat it provides for submerged macrophyte communities typical of oligotrophic lakes. Characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to low organic content, these lakes consequently have very clear waters, with high drinking-water quality. Thus Wast Water supports a limited range of species which include the Arctic char, (Salvelinus alpinus), one of the rarest fish species in Britain and Ireland, found mainly in deep, cold, glacial lakes such as this.
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Date Taken
Friday, 7 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 September, 2018
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 158 054 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:26.2646N 3:17.9073W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 150 051
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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