Langdale Trail

Walking trail

Celebrated historian George M. Trevelyan first began holidaying in Langdale in 1905, the next 50 years would see him fall completely in love with this valley, inspiring him to become its chief protector. This year we’re celebrating the impact his actions have had on Langdale. Follow the route for a lifetime of his enjoyment, dedicated hard work and vision.

View over Great Langdale


Map for Langdale walking trail


Sticklebarn OS: NY294065


Leave the car park to the north and head towards Stickle Ghyll through the gate. Follow path through the gap in the wall, head up hill passing the Stickle Ghyll sign on your right and turn left after 20m along the path here. It’s about as rough as the terrain will get here.

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Head uphill, through kissing gate and follow this path with the wall on your left and traversing the hillside. You'll cross a bridge over Dungeon Ghyll Force.

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Stickle Ghyll car park OS: NY294065

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Langdale Trail


This route is 3.5km (2.2miles) long and is a lowlevel countryside walk. It includes some rougher terrain over rocks and some muddy footpaths. There are two short, steeper climbs and two wooden ladder stiles towards the end of the route. To avoid the ladder stiles after point 3 on the map you can instead turn left and follow the Langdale valley road back towards Sticklebarn pub without going through the campsite.

We recommend walking boots and clothing suitable for the weather.

Dogs on lead are welcome, be aware there are grazing livestock in the fields around the valley.

Langdale Trail

How to get here

Sticklebarn, Great Langdale, near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU
By road

For Sticklebarn: Junction 36 M6, then A591 from Kendal to Ambleside, A593 from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge, then take the B543 to Great Langdale.

Parking: Parking at Stickle Ghyll (OS: NY294065) is pay & display (NT members free). 

By foot

The Cumbria Way runs from Ulverston to Carlisle and through the Great Langdale valley; there is also a network of footpaths that run through the valley.

By bus

Stagecoach 516 from Ambleside, alight at Langdale campsite. For more information go to Transport Direct.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Regional Route 37, then links from Skelwith Bridge all the way to Sticklebarn. For more information go to the Sustrans website.

Langdale Trail

Facilities and access

  • Car Park
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments
  • Pub
  • Campsite