Please help our campaign to raise the £165,000 needed to restore St Olaf’s church by visiting our Justgiving page or clicking the donation button. Thank you for your support.

St Olaf’s church is special. Unique, in fact, as the smallest parish church in England. Its history stretches back over 1,000 years and is embedded in worship and local heritage. However, St Olaf’s has a dual role, each year our humble little church welcomes close to 30,000 visitors and pilgrims who are drawn to Wasdale Head’s spectacular landscape and its heritage as the birthplace of British rock climbing. Nestled between some of the Lake District’s finest fells and close to England’s deepest lake, St Olaf’s can be reached only by footpath or bridleway, and whether people come here to pray, be still, remember loved ones, or just connect with centuries of history, the experience is one of abiding peace, cradled among the peaks and pikes of this remote corner of Cumbria’s Lake District.

Unfortunately the ravages of time have taken their toll on St Olaf’s and we need to undertake our first major restoration since 1892. Please can you help us to raise the funds to secure our church as a haven for future generations of walkers, worshippers and visitors from across the globe.

For details of the interior and exterior restoration plans please click on the images below:

St Olaf’s church from the north west
St Olaf’s church interior decorated for Easter 2023

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