Great Langdale

Great Langdale

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 Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and the glaciated valley of Mickleden.

image of Great Langdale valley in the Lake District
The ‘classic’ view of Great Langdale and the Pikes from St Annes. Photo by Tony Richards

The surrounding fells include Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Rossett Pike, and the Langdale Pikes – Pike O’Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.
image of the Langdale Pike in the Lake District
The Langdale Pikes, and the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

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].


image of an aerial view of the Langdale Valley


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.

What’s On in the Langdales

To see events, including live music at The Sticklebarn, go to What’s On in Langdale >>

Walking in the Langdales

See our new 2019 guide for Walking the Southern Fells >>

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