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.
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.
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 >>
- Chapel Stile church
- Little Langdale
- Blea Tarn
- High Close Estate
- South Lakes Area Menu
- Dales and Valleys
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