The Langdale Valley

The Langdale Valley

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The Langdales must be two of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District.

In fact, Langdale is a byword for some of Lakelands most stunning views and hikes.

The valleys are no secret, as you will discover if you make a circular route taking is Great Langdale and Little Langdale on a weekend in summer.

The two dales join at Elter Water and are separated by Lingmoor Fell.

The road is very narrow, so it’s best to park at Skelwith Bridge or Elterwater and tackle the route on foot.

The valley floor is divided by stone walls, dotted with farmsteads and surrounded by stunning mountain peaks.

It’s dramatic scenery as you drive along the valley road meandering past the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

After a steep climb the road drops with views of Blea Tarn into Little Langdale Valley.

One of the best walks in the valley begins at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. The route passes Dungeon Ghyll Force before climbing steadily uphill by the Stickle Ghyll waterfalls.

A surprise awaits you at the top – the still waters of Stickle tarn, with vertical cliff-face of Pavey Arc behind.