The Langdale Valley - explore and visit

Langdale Valley at sunset

The breathtakingly beautiful area of Langdale runs west of Ambleside up to the Langdale Pikes (Pike is a local term for peak). It splits into two valleys, Great Langdale and Little Langdale. It includes the lovely village of Elterwater with its pub and a scattering of craft shops, Chapel Stile and the various pubs along the B5343. There are countless walking routes, both low and high level. In Great Langdale there's a choice of pubs and a campsite.


This small, reed-fringed lake often has fantastic reflections of the Langdale Pikes. There is a relatively flat walk from Elterwater village past the lake towards Skelwith Bridge.

Walking routes

Easy walking routes from our Miles without Stiles collection:

Guided walks near Langdale

We run a series of guided walks from April to October

Getting to Langdale

Bus service 516 links Langdale with Ambleside and Windermere.

Cycling to Langdale

The Langdale Trail provides cycle and walk links to and through the valley. You can hire an electric or mountain bike at our bike hire centre in Hawkshead and cycle a mostly off-road route into Langdale. Hawkshead to Langdale is just over 19k, so take a picnic or choose a pub to refuel before your return bike ride!