Row Head Farm with Middle Row Cottage is the last farm at the top of Wasdale before the road runs out. The farm, owned by the National Trust, is a traditional working farm with a flock of Herdwick sheep, and has connections with famous fell runner Joss Naylor. The cottage offering self catering accommodation for 6 persons was once a farm workers cottage and has been renovated and modernised to make it a warm and comfortable place to stay for up to six people.
Wasdale itself is a valley of extremes. It boasts England's deepest lake (Wastwater), highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf's) and the world’s biggest liar competition (each November, in the Santon Bridge Inn). It is the birthplace of British climbing, with excellent climbs of all grades, and a playground for local diving clubs. Local rumour has it that each club has a collection of gnomes on the lake bed, one of whom has a noose around his neck as a result of club rivalry.
Wastwater Lake is a mile away from the farm, with many good swimming and picnic spots.
There are three pubs in the valley - Wasdale Head Inn is almost next door, and the Screes & the Strands in Nether Wasdale (five miles) face each other on the way to Gosforth Village (where you will find everyday provisions).