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St Olaf

The smallest church near the deepest lake and the highest mountain in England.

Wasdale Head, Cumbria

Opening times

Open daily dawn to dusk.


Wasdale Head
CA20 1EX

In the churchyard are graves of many climbers who have died on the surrounding fells. The roof beams are thought to have come from Viking ships. The churchwarden’s staves have a Herdwick ram’s head on one and the ewe’s head on the other.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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