Great Langdale

South Lakes
 

The ‘classic’ view of Great Langdale and the Pikes from St Annes. Photo by Tony Richards

The Langdale Pikes, and the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

The Great Langdale valley is some 12,170 acres, much of it in the care of the National Trust, who have ten farms here. The valley stretches from Ambleside through Clappersgate, Skelwith bridge, Elterwater, Chapel Stile, to the National Trust owned Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and the glaciated valley of Mickleden.
 
The surrounding fells include Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Rossett Pike, and the Langdale Pikes – Pike O’Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.
 
As you come over the rise into Elterwater from Skelwith Bridge, you are presented with a typical Lakeland view – sheep grazing on the common in front of white-washed cottages with slate roofs, and the craggy peaks of the Langdale Pikes rising behind.
 
One of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District, Elterwater is the gateway to the famous Langdale valley, with the National Trust owned High Close Youth Hostel, and its Victorian garden.
 
There is a spectacularly located NT campsite at Great Langdale, open all year [NY288057].

 

 

A two acre mountain garden at Copt How in Chapel Stile is open to the public. It holds superb collections of acers, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, rare shrubs, trees, and unusual perennial.

 

 
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