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Wilder and more remote than much of the rest of the Lake District, the western lakes and valleys are surrounded by dramatic fells and are considered to contain some of the most beautiful scenery in the area, but attract far fewer visitors than the more easily accessible central lakes.

The deep blue expanse of Wastwater fills the floor of Wasdale valley, which is another starting point for the ascent of Scafell Pike. Quiet Eskdale can be accessed via the roller-coaster road over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes or a longer, more straightforward, route around the coast. It offers peaceful walking country along pretty rivers or onto high fells.

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