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?
The nearest bank with cash machine is the Nat West in Ambleside. There is also 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, 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.
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. 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. 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 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.
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 not allowed, but 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?
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.