Langdale Pikes is one of many beautiful destinations in the English Lake District of the county of Cumbria and a particular attraction for those with a love of the great outdoors – a ‘honey pot’ for fell runners and climbers. Formed by glacial erosion, it has a long history of slate mining that has benefited from the geology and rock formations. On the northern side of the dale are the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks that are renowned for their beauty and they are amongst the most walked peaks in the Lake District. Scarfell Pike, reaching 978 metres (3,200 feet) is the highest mountain in England and can be reached via a route from Langdale.
The landscape provides some of the best rock climbing conditions in the country. The area includes locations such as White Ghyll, Raven Crag and Glimmer Crag all of which are used by enthusiasts looking for outdoor adventure.
Langdale was an important site during the Neolithic period for the production of stone axes due to the natural ‘greenstone’ that was found in the rock formation. Greenstone is the generic term for green-hued minerals and metamorphosed igneous rocks which are used for hardstone carving; this stone was used for making weapons and tools such as axes and was also used for jewellery as it polishes well.
Great Langdale has natural springs and the purity of the water is so high that it can be used by the people living in the area.
The views are spectacular and the landscape offers wonderful opportunities for photography and painters and for fell walkers. Stickle Ghyll, is a site to visit where water cascading down the mountainside forms impressive waterfalls.
The area is well visited and although it is a destination that does require fitness and stamina the pathways are clearly mapped out and facilities are good. Some of the trails are longer than others and give visitors clear information so that they can plan their route before venturing out. One of the best known nearby ‘watering holes’ is the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel that was purchased by the historian Professor G.M. Trevelyan who donated the one time farm and inn to the National Trust.
Whilst, the location is a tourist attraction it is not spoilt by visitors and is a truly stunning area. However, visitors are requested to respect the natural geology, the isolation and challenging weather conditions which can change rapidly and easily become dangerous especially during winter. People going walking or climbing should recognise their own capabilities and limitations and make sure they have the correct clothing, footwear and any special equipment with them. Adequate food and drink should be safely packed and before setting out, information should be left providing full and accurate details of the route and the anticipated time of return.
The Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team attend over 100 incidents every year and a safety leaflet can be downloaded from their website. Tourism’s importance to the area is demonstrated by the number of campsites and wide variety of holiday accommodation that is available.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hard Knott Pass Aproach Road, Boot, Holmrook
Cumbria, England, CA19 1TH
+44 (0)1946 723 253
- Address: Great Langdale, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, LA22 9JX
- GPS: 54.4367,-3.078239
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: LA22 9JX
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: None / Can be viewed from road
- Visibility from Road: Excellent
- Image Credits: Header Image: Stewart Smith Photography