Diocese of Carlisle

St Olaf'S Church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria, CA201EX

St Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria, Gosforth: St Mary
St Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria., CA201EX

Welcome to Wasdale Head and England’s smallest parish church. Wasdale Head is the birthplace of English rock climbing and many of England’s finest fells are in the parish – among them Great Gable, Pillar and the highest - Scafell Pike, so is its deepest lake, Wastwater, and they create a montage that many regard as one of Britain’s finest views.

Amongst these wonders of God’s creation sits the little church of St Olaf’s – the parish church of Wasdale Head. The site has been the base of the Christian Community here for over 1000 years - though the present building only dates from circa 1525-1550. St Olaf's can quite accurately be described as a little stable, with pews, ancient beams and a flagstone floor - a perfect place to worship God. Do come and visit us!

St Olaf's is open each day from around 9am till 4pm. 

Faith in the Fells - We hold services in St Olaf's at 11am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month throughout the year, also on Easter Day and Christmas Day at the same time. 

Our next service is on Sunday 12th December 11am - Morning Worship, followed by Christmas Day 11am - Festival Communion.

Another date for Wasdale Head is Tuesday 21st December at 6pm - Carols in the Inn, in the bar at the Wasdale Head Inn. Do join us for this Festive community event, and enjoy a drink and a bar meal too!

Each year we welcome visitors from all over the world. With only a track and a footpath leading to the church, most are walkers or climbers on their way to and from some of England's finest fells. Many call in for quiet moments of prayer or meditation, and enjoy the silence amidst the grandeur and permanence of God's creation. St Olaf's simplicity and smallness is what people love.

For full information, service times etc please visit our website www.wasdalehead.church   

The parish of Gosforth & Wasdale is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults. Any matters of concern should be reported to our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Steven & Susan Round, or if appropriate to the local authority or the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officers' contact details are - email  safeguarding.gosforth.wasdale@gmail.com  - phone  01946 841 626.

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