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"A glorious wild solitude"


St. Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, the Lake District
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St. Olaf’s is said to be England's smallest church. Howard of Beautiful Britain says that the roof trusses may have come from Viking ships.


Wast Water
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Close by St Olaf's lies Wast Water, three miles long and England’s deepest lake (258 feet deep). The Lake District is protected by reason of its designation as a national park, and welcomes millions of visitors – which may feel at times like a few too many. Still there are places like this that are filled with "a glorious wild solitude" (Dorothy Wordsworth).