Great Langdale is one of the most popular mountain valleys in the whole ofBritain. Oxendale and Mickleden, at the head of the valley, display a rugged and spectacular skyline of high fells; The Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike O’Blisco. These fine ridges, airy tops and rocky steeps have long been a favourite with hill walkers, mountaineers and rock climbers. Yet, as important as the high fells are, and they have been my great passion for over fifty years, they are only a part of The Langdales’ experience.

The name Great Langdale comes directly from the Viking; ‘Gurt Langel’, in the local parlance, which simply means ‘great long valley’. This long ‘S’ shaped valley wriggles it’s way for some 12km through much varied scenery. Its dramatic start beneath the high mountains wanders on through farm meadows to the villages of Chapel Stile and Elterwater. It continues by the woods of to Elter Water lake and over Skelwith Force waterfall to its effective terminus at Skelwith Bridge beneath the end of Loughrigg Fell.

Yet that is only part of the story, for there are two very beautiful Langdale Valleys; Great and Little. Each has its own intrinsic character, each a wealth of interest. The valleys are separated by Lingmoor Fell, their rivers merge in Elter Water to flow on, as the River Brathay, to finally pass beneath the Skelwith Bridge. The heads of both the valleys are surrounded by high fells, hanging basins and mountain tarns. Wetherlam, Swirl How and Carrs which fall to Wrynose Pass and the Three Shires Stone surround the head of Little Langdale. Great Langdale is enclosed by the highest of the fells including the iconic Langdale Pikes. Between the two, the wild and remote Blea Tarn  basin. These classic glacially formed U shaped valleys offer a myriad of interest within the nooks and folds, wild woods, tumbling waterfalls, lake and meadow. A landscape of much diversity, hosting a rich association of wildlife. Please remember that after you have purchased your walk, your link to download it will be sent to you in your email immediately

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