Walking – Lake District – Langdale

Walkers, ramblers, hikers, could do far worse than visit the quite simply, stunning Langdale Valley in the English Lake District.

Completely and utterly unspoilt yet so close to the hustle and bustle of Ambleside with amenities galore and the scenery, well it’s hard to beat. Wherever you stay in the valley there’s a plethora of walks from meandering strolls to 10+ milers, basically something for everyone.

For those who prefer a stroll then head along the Chapel Stile road and do the Great Langdale valley floor walk, Flat and at just 3.25 miles it is a lovely little walk to do of an afternoon before a spot of afternoon tea.

langdale active hotel

A fantastic walk around the 9 to 10 mile mark is the circular walk taking in Great and Little Langdale. Not that taxing really but a decent walk and one that will have more than earned a hearty Lake District dinner and naturally, a couple of pints of real ale. The walk has a good path and the 360 degree views breath taking.

For the more adventurous than even Scafell Pike can be done from this start location as well as Great Gable. For experienced walkers then this is quite a treat and well worth doing. To be able to experience such diverse landscapes of the Lake District National Park in one walk is quite something (and sometimes quicker than driving!).
Stay at Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Lake District and visit their Langdale Active website, http://www.langdaleactive.co.uk where there’s lots of walks mapped and detailed. With a brand new restaurant due to open next month, it’s a walker’s paradise.

High brow hiking in the Lakes

Whether you call it walking, fell walking or hiking, getting about on two legs is more popular than ever in the Lake District.
It is arguably the best way to explore the area as it enables the fell tops to be accessed which opens up jaw dropping views. Walking is also great exercise, gets visitors into the open air and outdoors and is the most sustainable form of getting about.

But hiking has literally been taken to the next level in recent times and especially by the luxury boutique hotel, Brimstone on the Langdale Estate. Walk directly from the hotel and experience a walk to suit any ability from shorter low level walks to those being able to take in the highest fells in the area which are also some of the highest in the whole of the Lake District. Although this hotel could easily fit in within a city, its roots are firmly in the Lake District and none more so than with their Berghaus Bootroom. Guests of the hotel can visit the bootroom and borrow any of the Berghaus walking gear there for use during the stay.

luxury lake district walking bergahus brimstone

So with the location and the gear it seemed natural to start to offer luxury hiking break packages to entice novices and newbies to fell walking. The package offered by Brimstone continues the ethos of the company for sustainable travel so guests will be collected from Windermere Station and taken to the hotel. Staying in one of the luxury suites at Brimstone is an experience itself but remember it’s about walking too so maps and guidance will be given and the Hosts at the hotel will drop off and collect guests if required to and from the chosen walk start. The Reading Room with complimentary snacks and beverages will most definitely be enjoyed after a full days hiking before choosing to dine in room or in one of the restaurants on the estate. Contact Brimstone luxury Lake District hotel on 015394 38062 or visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/ for more details.

In and around the Langdale Valley are some stunning walks of which a handy selection has been compiled by Brimstone’s sister hotel, The Langdale Hotel also on the estate, http://www.langdale.co.uk/self-guided-walks.html

Walk – Stay – Dine in the Lake District

The Lake District is the walking capital of England but the choice of walking routes and locations is perfectly matched with a plentiful choice of places to dine as well.

Cumbria and the Lake District is becoming as famous for its food as the stunning landscape that brings millions of visitors to this National Park each year.

Walking is most definitely the number one activity people enjoy when visit the Lake District and for most, the reason they do come year after year for holidays, short breaks or even just a day trip.
But it is the characterful, traditional Lakeland pub that so many people think of and wish for. That thought of coming off the fells to a pint of real ale, some hearty food and a real fire is what dreams are made of! Whether it’s for a refreshing drink and refuel in the summer months or a place to dry off and warm through after a winter walking expedition, the Lake District has conveniently located pubs and inns at the end of many a fell walking route.

lake district inn bed and breakfast
Walking, warmth, food and beer=Lake District heaven

An inn for all seasons and one that offers accommodation as well is the Cuckoo Brow Inn and Lake District B&B at Far Sawrey. This base enables exploration of the Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston and Hawkshead fells, can be reached by road or via the Windermere Ferry from Bowness. The policy at this inn is muddy boots etc are always welcome, there is a fire and woodburner to snuggle up to in the cooler months but a large beer garden with open views in the summer. Food and ales are all local, hearty and reasonably priced. The rooms modern and start from around £80 for bed and breakfast. For more information call 015394 43425 or visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk/

Great holiday cottages for Lake District walking breaks

Lets face it, not everyone is into fell walking and venturing to the great outdoors during winter. Just as so many relish trudging through mud, getting battered by wind and feeling “refreshed” with beating rain, it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

So it’s now a very exciting time as near spring with green galore, a warming of the air, longer days and fingers crossed, drier weather. The fells have been waiting for do many of you so the time has come to get that break booked for a spot of fresh air and walking in the Lake District.

lake district walking breaks

The internet provides us with some excellent ideas for walks from locations to difficulty and the treasurers to admire when you’ve reached the top. We don’t mean to bore but it is essential you have an OS map and compass (and knowing how to use both items) is a must for even some of the lower level walks. But back to the walks and well, they’re endless.

Picture postcard and low level then Rydal and Grasmere routes are a delight. Photo opportunities galore, views of the fells with stunning lakes in the foreground. Head across to Coniston and the terrain is more rugged and if you can venture up a gradient, the views are worth it taking in Morecambe Bay and even Blackpool Tower on a super clear day! Coniston Old Man is somethign well worth tackling and saying you’ve completed. Best for a valley walk with the option to head to the hills is the Langdale Valley. The true heart of the Lake District, this valley is easily accessible from Ambleside yet is the gateway to the Western Lake District via the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes.

With walking ideas and cottages to match, the Lakeland Cotatge Company have self catering walking breaks all sewn up. For more information on their walking tips visit, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/holiday-cottages-lake-district/walks-and-days-out/ and to browse their portfolio of luxury holiday cottages where 99% have walks right from the cottage door, visit, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/