St Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria
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, Steeple, 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 shortly before dusk.
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, and on Christmas Day and Easter Day at the same time.
In September our services are on Sunday 11th September at 11am - Celtic Praise, and Sunday 25th September at 11am - HARVEST FESTIVAL, followed later by our HARVEST LUNCH at the Inn at 12.30pm. Tickets for the lunch cost and are available from Hugh Foulerton (01946 725 725) or alternatively email [email protected]
At Wasdale Head we celebrate harvest with enthusiasm and every ledge in the little church will be full of locally sourced fare and provisions collected for the North Lakes Foodbank. All donations during the Harvest week will be given to the North Lakes Foodbank.
HARVEST EXHIBITION - This will run from Saturday 17th September through till Sunday 2nd October. Its ten panels will illustrate church and community life in Wasdale Head, and our commitment to visitors and the wider world and our mission 'Faith in the Fells'.
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month there is a service at Nether Wasdale at 9.30am. Nether Wasdale is just 4 miles to the west of Wasdale Head and its beautiful church is in the centre of the village.
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 [email protected] - phone 01946 841 626.
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