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Wastwater with its beautiful reflections is an inspiration for many that visit. It is famously known as England’s deepest and cleanest lake however Wastwater is also an internationally important water body. The reasons for this include:

  • Its nutrient poor (Oligotrophic) status
  • The presence of Arctic char

And because of these special qualities it has been classified as a Site for Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation. To help keep the lake clean and in good health, we’ve all got to help to look after it for the future. For example, there are no powerboats on Wastwater and canoes are kept to a minimum, and this is to reduce the risks of pollution and the impacts of wash on the shoreline vegetation.

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team have an exemption, meaning they can access the water for training and rescues, the National Trust is working closely with the Mountain Rescue Team to minimise risk and potential damage to Wastwater and its shoreline. If you’re in Wasdale and you spot a boat on Wastwater, it’s easy to tell if it is the Mountain Rescue, the boat is bright orange with blue lights.

If you would like to help us keep Wastwater clean, or would like more information please visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wasdale or call Sam Stalker Lead Ranger on 019467 26415.

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