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Great Langdale Campsite FAQs

Sign for the Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria
Sign for the Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria | © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

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 a shop at reception selling all the basics including freshly baked pastries, plain baguettes, bacon baguettes and vegan sausage baguettes every morning.

There is a shop in Chapel Stile a couple of miles down the valley from the campsite.

Is there wifi/mobile phone coverage?

There is no wifi on site nor mobile phone coverage. However, all the pubs have wifi and there is some mobile phone signal in the fells and further down the valley. There is also a payphone available on site next to reception.

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?

You'll find a couple of pubs within a ten-minute walk.

Where is the nearest bank / cash machine?

There is a cash machine in Ambleside and cash machines and cash back facilities available in Ambleside and Hawkshead.

Can I bring my dog?

Great Langdale is a dog-friendly campsite and all well-behaved are welcome at no additional charge. They must be kept on a lead at all times and exercised away from other campers. Please pick up after you dogs right away.

Do you hire freeze packs?

We often have a supply that you can borrow at no charge and you can freeze your own too.

Do you exchange gas cylinders?

Yes we exchange the following:

Camping gaz 904 & 907.

Calor gas butane 7kg

Calor gas Propane 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.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Chapel Stile is the nearest village which is 2 miles away where there is a pub, a café and a shop. 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 a 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.

Do you have laundry facilities?

We have washing machines and dryers. Tokens are available from the shop. Washer £4, Dryer £3.

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 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. A BBQ is 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.

Great Langdale Campsite located beneath Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, Lake District

Great Langdale Campsite information 

A relaxed, natural site in the Langdales, a paradise for all kinds of adventures, from meandering trails to major peaks.