Great Langdale National Trust Campsite
Great Langdale, Lake District, United Kingdom
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Great Langdale National Trust Campsite Lake District Reviews
Great Place to put a Campsite May 17, 2009
The Great Langdale Campsite is a National Trust run campsite located in the heart of the Lake District. Reception is run by volunteers and therefore opening times can possibly be a little erratic, but during my stay they managed to keep to the opening times as stated.
Pitches are charged on a single tent and car basis with a discount for those arriving on foot or by use of public transport. This is of course welcome, but considering the number of visitors the area gets by car; I feel a greater discount would possibly encourage more people to leave their cars behind. There is an additional charge for each additional person staying each night.
Payment is of course made at the reception and a ticket is issued which is then attached to the tent to avoid an early wake-up call in the morning. If you arrive after the reception has closed, then you can make a payment by cash in the morning when the volunteers will come around looking for tents without a ticket.
Facilities are as you would expect from a quality campsite, toilets, showers and drying room,these are kept clean by the enthusiastic and efficient volunteers, all of whom are worthy of commendation. There is also a relatively well stocked shop although I was disappointed to find it did not stock the Coleman fuel which I need for my MSR Dragonfly stove. There are a number of fixed ‘yurts’ on site and you can stay in one of these, but you should be prepared to pay a high premium.
There is a bus service which runs from the campsite to Chapel Stile and Ambleside; the bus stop is a couple of hundred metres from the site itself. I found it a little expensive though, again a cheaper fare would encourage more people that it is a viable option and reduce the number of vehicles entering the Park, although I realise that this would probably require subsidising by the Park authority.
The campsite is located in perhaps the perfect place, almost slap bang at the end of the Great Langdale valley, with the great peaks of Bowfell, Scafell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England just around the corner, in a manner of speaking! There is also the extremely popular walk following the ghyll which flows down from Stickle Tarn, which makes an enjoyable short but steep walk from the valley, starting and ending at a choice of two great pubs! There are a number of climbing areas close by including White Ghyll, and Raven and Gimmer Crags.
The campsite also has the added bonus of being within easy walking distance of two of the best and most famous pubs/hotels in the area, and yet another which competes very well with them for your hard earned pennies. It would however almost be a crime to stay so close to both the Old and New Dungeon Ghyll hotels and not visit at least one of them for a pint and maybe something to eat They are apparently designated as ‘Best Loved Hotels of the World’ and a short time spent in either, and it is easy to understand why.
The only downside of this site is that it appears to suffer from poor drainage and a tendency to flood. My second night there it rained very heavily and the nearby brook was severely swollen, almost breaking its banks, the ground was predominantly water-logged, with large puddles forming in many of the pitches. Many campers were packing up and leaving and I do remember that the first time I had stayed there it had been even worse with widespread flooding and the brook overflowing its banks, we were literally rained off the site.
That said if you are looking for a campsite in the heart of Lakeland with picture postcard views all around then a visit to this campsite is a must, just do not forget to drop in at one of the great inns, oh and check the weather forecast first!
Part of the The Rain in the Lakes Fell Mainly on Me! travel blog
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