St Olaf

The smallest church near the deepest lake and the highest mountain in England.

About this church

In the churchyard are graves of many climbers who have died on the surrounding fells. The roof beams are thought to have come from Viking ships. The churchwarden’s staves have a Herdwick ram’s head on one and the ewe’s head on the other.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mary

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