Church of England Diocese of Carlisle Gosforth and Wasdale

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 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 pews, ancient beams and a flagstone floor - a perfect place to worship God.

Faith in the Fells - We hold services in St Olaf's 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 14th March at 11am.

We will be open each day for individual prayer from Monday 29th March and daily for all visitors from Monday 12th April.

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   

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.

Get in touch

Rev Philip Dorling

The Rectory, Wasdale Road, Gosforth, Cumbria

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