Langdale is a beautiful valley situated in the heart of the English Lake District, a picturesque & serene haven, peace and happiness are sure to be found here. The famous Langdale Pikes (Pike O’Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark) situated on the northern side of the dale create a dramatic skyline and are one of the most recognisable features of the area. It is not hard to see why people choose to return to this area of natural beauty year after year.
Renowned Lakeland Walker Alfred Wainwright beautifully summed up his admiration for the Langdale Pikes, inspiring many to come and explore the beauty of the area.
“No mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes and no mountain group better illustrates the dramatic appeal of a sudden rising of the vertical from the horizontal; the full height from valley to summit is revealed at a glance in one simple abrupt upsurge to all travellers on the distant shore of Windermere and, more intimately, on the beautiful approach along Great Langdale. Nor is the appeal visual only: that steep ladder to heaven stirs the imagination, and even the emotions, and this is especially so whenever the towering peaks come into view suddenly and unexpectedly.” A.Wainwright.
Understandably Langdale is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, from hikers and climbers to fell-runners & cyclists. The area enjoys some of the best valley/fell walking and climbing the Lake District has to offer with excellent facilities for mountain/path cycling, rock climbing & gorge scrambling.
For those looking for a challenging experience, England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, can be accessed from the valley, however don’t be put off the valley also offers a range of fantastic low level walks for the less experienced enthusiast.
For cyclists there are numerous routes available including some ultra-demanding climbs, through to the moderate 11 mile long Great Langdale Valley cycle trail & the 10 mile long 'Tour de Langdales' route.
For runners the Great Langdale Road Races host 10k, half marathon and marathon races every year, including the Festive 'Christmas Pudding 10k'.
In essence the valley is an outdoor paradise!
3. Food & Drink
Traditional, warm and welcoming local inns can be found throughout the valley, serving up refreshing tipples and delicious, hearty Lakeland fare, perfect after a day spent exploring!
For special occasions or a just change of scenery there’s also a fantastic contemporary restaurant hidden away in the heart of the valley.
Something for everyone can be found at the Sticklebarn, situated at the head of the valley. The Sticklebarn hosts a plethora of events year round, family friendly, films, ranger walks, social runs, relaxed music and a weekly quiz.
High Close Estate and Arboretum nearby, perched between Elterwater & Grasmere offers visitors 11 acres to explore with scenic views across Loughrigg Tarn and Elterwater.
Full week, midweek and weekend breaks available..