St Olaf's church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria (reputedly England's smallest church), near England's deepest lake (Wast Water) and within the shadow of its highest mountain (Scafell Pike).
This little church is set amidst yew trees in the Viking fields of Wasdale. In the churchyard are the graves of many climbers who died on the surrounding fells. The churchwardens' staves have a Herdwick ram's head on one, and a ewe's head on the other.
The south window has small leaded lights with a stained glass image of Napes Needle and the quotation 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my strength'. The window is a memorial to members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who gave their lives in WWI.
The date of the church is uncertain, the earliest reference to it being in 1550. The dedication to St Olaf is as recent as 1977, in honour of the Vikings to whom legend attributes the early settlement of these dales.
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