Three Peaks Challenge in Wasdale


Wasdale is a wild remote valley that is eternally popular with fell walkers. It is home to some of the highest and most exciting mountain in the Lake District not to mention the highest of them all, Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England.

Walkers are drawn to our self catering cottages in Wasdale to explore the magnificent mountains that surround the valley. Wasdale has a slightly mysterious and unique feel to it due to the remote location. There is no mobile signal here and barely any TV signal in the homes and cottages. In fact there was no mains electricity here until 1977!

Wastwater in Wasdale
One of the biggest lures to the valley is Scafell Pike. It is the highest point on some of the highest mountain terrain in Cumbria. The range is vast and craggy and is considered the birthplace of British climbing. There are several exciting routes from Wasdale as well as neighbouring valleys. The Three Peaks Challenge has grown in popularity in recent years with thousands of people taking part annually.

Wasdale is the most popular route of ascent for walkers as it offers the shortest way to the top. The event does bring with it some controversy though and ‘3Peakers’ have been blamed for the large amount of rubbish in the valley and on the mountain itself.

Wasdale in the Lake District
To combat the perennial rubbish problem a charity event takes place on the first weekend of October to clear up the litter on Scafell Pike. The event is called the Real Three Peaks Challenge and the local organisers aim to clean up the litter and mess left on the hill. Last year over 100kilos of rubbish was cleared up! If you would like to take part and enjoy a fun climb up the mountain that will do an enormous amount of good for the local area then you can contact the organisers at [email protected]

Why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our Lake District cottages and really get to know Wasdale.