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Spectacular walking, scrambling and climbing country
The glaciated, meandering form of Great Langdale valley is enclosed by dramatic high fells, looming above the pastoral valley floor and evoking a strong sense of containment and isolation.
The area is a walker's and climber's dream come true. From the Great Langdale campsite, fell walking routes include Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, the Langdale Pikes and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
The Hiker's bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink after a long day on the fell, or to just relax and soak in the stunning scenery.
From here, there's a spectacular low-level walk up the glaciated Mickleden Valley, flanked on either side by the magnificent Bow Fell and Langdale Pikes.
The Elterwater Footpath, meanwhile, offers pretty walks and links Elterwater to Skelwith as part of the Ambleside to Barrow cycleway. Take a relaxing stroll along the riverside and woodland routes, which are great all-ability trails.
Stop by Skelwith meadow, a great place to catch classic views over the Langdale Pikes and Little Langdale valley. Take advantage of the new footbridge above Skelwith Force, which allows easy access to riverside walks at Skelwith and woodland strolls towards Colwith.
Fancy something a little tougher? Try a steep and rugged walk following a tumbling beck up to Stickle Tarn, with beautifully rewarding views for your hard work.
Great Langdale is a real adventure destination.
With walking, biking, climbing, swimming and even dancing on offer, the hardest part of your visit will be trying to fit it all in.
It’s really easy to lose a few days in Langdale and the most relaxing way to make the most of your time is by staying at Great Langdale Campsite, right at the feet of the Langdale Pikes.
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