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.
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.
On your journey into Langdale valley you’ll have passed Robin Ghyll. This farm was a rural retreat and family home to relax and enjoy all that Langdale had to offer. He also wrote his hugely popular history books, including the Garibaldi trilogy and History of England at Robin Ghyll. Next to Sticklebarn Pub is Low Millbeck farm and just beyond is the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel. During the wars year the valley looked a little different as even these steep slopes and shallow soils were put under the plough to grow oats, kale and turnips. Purchased alongside Harry Place farm they were donated by George in 1944.
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.
A rich history
Langdale has a rich history of of human occupation and the hydroelectric scheme recently install in Stickle Ghyll is nothing new. As you walking up from Sticklebarn pub you passed a fulling mill. This was a method used water power to drive wooden hammers to pummel sheep wool clean and ready for weaving.
Stickle Ghyll car park OS: NY294065
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