Great Langdale

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The Jewel in the Crown of the Lake District?

Great Langdale is one of the most dramatic valleys in the Lake District, dominated by the natural splendour of the Langdale Pikes. The drive up the valley on the B5343 from Skelwith Bridge through Elterwater towards Great Langdale, is an experience which will live long in your memory and no trip to The Lake District is complete without a visit to this valley.

This undulating, low-level walk on the lower slopes of the 'Pikes' from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel into the head of the valley and returning down the opposite side, has beautiful and dramatic mountain scenery throughout.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West


Birds, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife
27/09/2021 - James Brinkworth

Excellent shortish walk along a beautiful dale. Directions are spot on. Thanks

29/10/2018 - David and Chris Stewart

Bridge at waymark 5 is now restored. Thank you very much, Richard Harrison, for the update and the picture.

13/03/2015 - Pat McTiernan

Did this excellent walk in March 2015 and the bridge is still out, couldn’t find another safe crossing point so we waded across the weir in bare feet in order to keep our boots dry; not advised as the water is icy and the going is a bit ruff under foot. A little confused at point 7 as there is a footpath going off to the right at the first building you come to on the camp site; the reception building is further into the site.

16/06/2014 - Barbara Rush

This is a lovely walk that we enjoyed on our holiday last week. The beginning of it is a bit rocky and up hill but after that it was easy. It is a lovely area to walk in. We did have to cross the beck midway by wading over the weir as the bridge still isn't there but the water wasn't deep and did it in walking shoes with bottom of trousers rolled up. We got slightly confused with the directions towards the end with regards the National Trust Camp Site but it didn't matter as we just followed the road back to the car pack. Enjoyed a nice lunch at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

21/03/2013 - stephen white

What a lovely walk. We did this in early March 2013 and the weather was good and the views fantastic for such a low level walk. Our journey time was nearer to 4 hours than 1 hrs 40 but we stopped for a very pleasant lunch and were traveling with two new to walking octogenarians, who managed the distance relatively easily (they managed the 1500 ft plus Gowbarrow fell the next day to my amazement). My satnav suggested the walk was around five miles, rather than four but there was plenty to see along the way and we will be back on this walk many times in the future. One of our favourite walks. Thank you.

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