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Wasdale Head Inn, Cumbria

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Pubs

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Wasdale Head Inn

The Wasdale Head Inn is located at the eastern side of Wast Water, about 9 miles from the village of Gosforth in west Cumbria.

The pub was originally a farmhouse that was converted in 1856 by Will Ritson to house overnight guests. Ritson was the pub’s first and most well-known landlord and he was known as the “World’s Biggest Liar”. The bar is named after him.

Wasdale Head Inn

Ritson retired in 1879 and was succeeded by other landlord who, over time, let the pub fall into disrepair. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the pub was restored and modernised.

Today, the pub is a popular destination for walkers and campers and the majority of the building is devoted to accomodation. The Ritson Bar is just an annex on the side of the building and may well be the original farmhouse.

Wasdale Head Inn

The pub serves an excellent range of beers including local beers from the Hawkshead and Ennerdale brewery and the Black Sheep brewery. If the weather is good, you may want to take your drink out into the beer garden. Even though they have a dedicated area with benches, the ‘garden’ pretty much extends out into the mountains.

The view from the beer garden

The pub is very popular, even on an overcast Easter Sunday morning. The narrow road means that you will constantly have to stop to let cars pass and you will have to contend with walkers and cyclists. However, the upside to have to keep stopping is that you have many opportunities to take in the stunning scenery.

Venue Location

Wasdale Head INn

Wasdale Head



CA20 1EX

Tel: 01946 726 229

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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  1. Wasdale Head Inn, Cumbria | Beer Lens | Photos of beer, pubs and breweries from around the world - April 6, 2010

    […] Wasdale Head Inn, Cumbria This is the view from the remote Wasdale Head Inn in Cumbria, England. It has to be the best beer garden that I've ever seen. The area has the tallest mountain in England, the deepest lake in England and the smallest church in England. It's also widely regarded as being the birthplace of British climbing. Despite it being very remote, the pub is extremely popular. You can read a review of the pub and view more photos on Travels with Beer. […]

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    […] Located in West Cumbria, Gosforth Hall is just to the east of Wastwater where you can find Britain’s Favourite View (as voted by the viewer’s of the ITV programme of the same name). The views are truly stunning and a long, winding road hugs the edge of England’s deepest lake eventually leading to the remote Wasdale Head Inn (review). […]

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