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 much of the present building only dates from circa 1550. St Olaf’s can quite accurately be described as a little stable with seating, a stone floor, and ancient beams – a perfect place to worship God.

Faith in the Fells - as a tiny church in a small and remote community (population 25), we set out to be open all day, every day, for visitors. 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. It works - 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.

We have welcoming (and hopefully inspiring!)  services at 11.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month throughout the year. In short, we are here, we are open, every day, for everyone - providing for Faith in the Fells

The parish of Gosforth & Wasdale is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officers, Steven & Susan Round. Their contact details are: stevenround@btinternet.com.