Great Langdale campsite FAQs

Staff are happy to answer any queries you may have © Paul Harris

Staff are happy to answer any queries you may have

Where is the nearest food shop?

We have an exceptionally well stocked shop selling the following:

  • Groceries - milk, bread, bacon, tinned foods, pasta, rice
  • Fresh bread from our new bread oven
  • Frozen foods - burgers, sausages, vegetarian sausages
  • Chocolate, sweets, ice cream, biscuits
  • Fuel - good range of gas from small canisters to 15kg refillable, meths and Coleman fuel
  • Maps, guide books, hats, gloves
  • Toiletries and medicines
  • Toys, games, gifts, postcards & stamps
  • Camping & walking accessories

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?

  • 5 minutes walk - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Hikers' Bar. Pub food & restaurant. Occasional music sessions
  • 10 minutes walk - Sticklebarn Tavern. Pub food, live music some weekends, satellite TV
  • 10 minutes walk - New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Bar, pub food & restaurant
  • 3 miles - Wainwright's pub. Pub food. Pub quizzes
  • 3.5 miles - The Britannia Inn. Pub food & restaurant
  • 8 miles - Ambleside - several restaurants and pubs

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest banks with cash machines are in Ambleside (NatWest, Barclays and HSBC). There is a cash back facility at the Spar in Ambleside and the Co-op in Hawkshead.

Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Great Langdale campsite for which we make a small charge per night. Dogs should be exercised away from other campers and any mess cleared up immediately.

Do you hire freeze packs?

No, but we can freeze your own, for which we make a small charge.

Do you exchange gas cylinders?

Yes, we stock Camping Gaz 901,904 & 907.
Calor Gaz 4.5,7 & 15kg.
Propane 3.9kg.

What's the weather forecast?

For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline 0844 8462444 or visit the Lake District weatherline.

How safe is it to walk on the fells?

Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.

How far is Scafell Pike and how long does it take to walk there?

Great Langdale Valley is one of the most popular starting points for a hike up on to England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike (and not Scafell - shorter by 14 metres.) By the shortest route from the campsite, the summit is approximately 10km away (20 km round trip). To walk there and back, the time will obviously vary according to the fitness and age of your group but it would be sensible to allow a complete day for the hike. Very fit hikers can get there and back in as little as 7 hours but 8 - 10 hours is the average time taken.

This is a serious walk with some very steep rocky paths with ample opportunity to get lost on the fells. Please refer to The Lake District National Park website for advice on walking safely on the fells.

Where can I find family-friendly walks?

There are many walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. You can walk along the valley floor to Chapel Stile and Elterwater, two very pretty Lakeland villages both boasting two Lakeland Inns or over a smaller fell, Lingmoor, into Little Langdale. There is a short walk to Blea Tarn which is a great picnic spot.

Our campsite staff will be more than happy to offer any advice they can. Maps and guides can be bought in the campsite shop or ordered by telephone at Ambleside Tourist Information Centre on 015394 32582.

Where are the nearest climbing routes and are they suitable for beginners?

There are many spectacular rock climbing routes of all grades which are easy walking distance from the campsite. Raven Crag right behind the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel provides varied multi pitch routes as does Gimmer Crag which is a little further along the valley (approx 30 minute walk). Scout Crag is a popular place for climbing groups. Further information can be found at www.UKclimbing.com.

Are there any climbing crag bans in place?

Please use the search facility at The British Mountaineering Council website. Click on 'access' for up to date information on any crag bans.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Chapel Stile is the nearest village which is 2 miles away where there is a great pub, a café and a Co-Op. Ambleside and Grasmere are approximately 8 miles away. Coniston is also only about 12 miles away. Further information can be found at www.amblesideonline.co.uk about Langdale and surrounding villages.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

The nearest bus stop is approximately 5 minute walk from the campsite. The route is bus 516 The Langdale Rambler which travels from Ambleside and from Kendal during weekends. For timetable information, visit Traveline or telephone 0870 608 2608.

Can I bring my trailer tent / caravan / campervan?

You can bring tents and camper vans - please note there is no hook up or chemical disposal facility. We take trailer tents, however we do not allow cars on the grass, so you may have to pull the trailer a short distance by hand. Sorry, we cannot accept caravans.

Do you have laundry facilities?

We have washing machines and dryers. Tokens are available from the shop. Washer £3, Drier £2.

What places are there to visit nearby?

There are countless places of interest nearby including many of our properties.
Visit our Lake District pages for lots of ideas.

Do you take credit card payments?

Yes, we accept most credit cards (except American Express) for payments over £5.

Which is the nearest lake?

The two nearest lakes to Langdale are Windermere (approximately 8 miles) and Coniston Water (approximately 10 miles) where you can cruise on the elegant Steam Yacht Gondola. There are of course closer tarns and waters such as Elterwater, Rydal Water and Loughrigg Tarn, all offering spectacular walks.

Are you open all year?

We are open all year round, come rain or shine.

What time do we have to check out in the morning?

Please take your tent down by 11am on the morning you are leaving. You may leave your car on site for the rest of the day, except at Bank Holidays and other times when the site is full.

I am staying in a pod, what do I need to bring?

Think of the pod as a replacement for your tent. You will need everything you would bring for your tent, apart from the tent itself.

Can I have a fire or barbecue?

Fires are strictly forbidden. You are welcome to use a barbecue, as long as it is above ground.

Can under 18s stay at the site?

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I have to pay for the showers?

No, use of the showers is included in your pitch fee.

Can I park my car by my tent?

No - ample parking is provided away from the tents, but close enough so you won’t have to struggle too far with all your gear.