Wast Water, August 1999
Wast Water, August 1999
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Wast Water, August 1999

Don McPhee


Described by Wordsworth as “long, stern and desolate”, Wast Water is the deepest lake in the Lake District. It is surrounded by the peaks of Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, in one of the remotest parts of the national park. Here, boulders have broken away from the area’s famous screes – steep slopes with loose stones – foregrounded by the Guardian photographer Don McPhee. McPhee, who died in 2007, was a regular in the lakes, often working alongside the former Guardian writer David Ward on stories. “He loved it here,” Ward recalls. “We would get the story and the picture, then head off for tea.”


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