Great Langdale FAQs
Camping is a great way to experience the Lake District and there are plenty of options available for places to stay with the National Trust. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Great Langdale Campsite, which is located at the foot of the spectacular Langdale Pikes.
Where is the nearest food shop?
We have an exceptionally well stocked shop selling the following:
- Hot bacon sandwiches, veggie sausage baguettes and tea and coffee
- Groceries - milk, bread, bacon, tinned foods, pasta, rice
- Baguettes and pastries
- 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
There is a larger shop, a co-op, in Chapel Stile a couple of miles down the valley from the campsite.
Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
- 10 minutes walk - our own Sticklebarn Pub. Enjoy food, live music and films.
- 5 minutes walk - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Hikers' Bar. Pub food & restaurant. Occasional music sessions
- 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 / cash machine?
There is a cash machine at Tesco in Ambleside and cash back facilities are available 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 free of charge.
Do you exchange gas cylinders?
Yes we exchange the following:
Camping gaz 904 & 907.
Calor gas butane 4.5kg % 7kg
Calor gas Propane 3.9kg & 6kg
What's the weather forecast?
For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline 0844 8462444. The forecast is displayed daily at reception.
How safe is it to walk on the fells?
Please refer to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website for safety advice and a downloadable safety leaflet.
How far is Scafell Pike and how long does it take to walk there?
Great Langdale Valley is a popular starting point 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. It is a route that should only be tackled by experienced fellwalkers.
Where can I find family-friendly walks?
There are many family- friendly trails from the campsite. We have created trail guides for three local routes - Mickleden valley, Stickle Tarn and Blea Tarn trail leaflets which you can get from reception.
You can walk along the valley floor to Chapel Stile and Elterwater, two very pretty Lakeland villages both boasting excellent Lakeland Inns. Our campsite staff will be more than happy to offer any advice they can. Maps and guides can be bought in the campsite shop.
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 UKClimbing.com.
Are there any climbing crag bans in place?
Please use the search facility at The British Mountaineering Council website. Search on '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.
Where is the nearest bus stop?
The nearest bus stop is approximately 5 minute walk from the campsite at the end of the drive.. The route is bus 516 The Langdale Rambler which travels from Ambleside and from Kendal during weekends.
Can I bring my trailer tent / caravan / campervan?
You can bring tents and camper vans - please note there are limited hook up facilities and no chemical disposal facility on site. 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.
We have 13 hook up pitches, and non h/u hardstanding parking. We have a chemical disposal facility but no drive-over grey water disposal.
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?
Yes, we are open all year round, but check our homepage for updates if Met Office have issued extreme weather warnings.
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.
Can I have a fire or barbecue?
Fires are only allowed in raised fire pits, of which you must bring your own. BBQ also allowed, as long as it is above ground.
Can under 18s stay at the site?
Under 18’s can stay with prior approval.
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?
To protect the beauty of our sites, we provide ample parking away from the tents, but close enough so you won’t have to struggle too far with all your gear.