Camping in the Langdales
Are you looking for the perfect base in the stunning Langdale Valley, Cumbria? Do you want a quiet spot to relax, enjoy the great outdoors, walk, cycle and climb? Does choosing exactly where you want to pitch your tent appeal? If camping is your thing, be it solo, with friends, family or a group, you are sure to be impressed with Langdale Campsite. We loved camping in the Langdales…breathtaking scenery, a chance to unwind and be off the grid for a couple of days. Lovely long walks, a cold pint in the Dungeon Ghyll, a bbq for dinner and a bacon bap. We met some lovely people, all of which were enjoying camping in the Langdales and the unexpected heatwave! Although it was rather hot in our tent… and by 7 am we were out, gasping for air!
What’s great about National Trust Langdale Campsite?
- Spotlessly clean and well maintained
- Clearly displayed “rules” – this is a quiet site, no noise between 11pm-7am
- Well stocked shop selling camping supplies/food, bacon bap for £3… staff are friendly and accommodating. Freeze your ice packs here too and charge your phone
- Great hot showers, hairdryers and plug sockets for your straighteners (one block is brand new, be sure to head to the one away from “check-in”)
- Laundry/drying room
- Separate fields for families, groups and everyone else
- Bike hire/bike storage and orienteering
- Adventure playground/boulder climbing wall
- Brilliant location for climbers. Perfect for those wishing to traverse Raven Crag
- Lovely walks right from the site. Mickleden Valley, Blea Tarn, Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike and of course, the Langdale Pikes themselves!
- You can walk to the pub! The Old Dungeon Ghyll (5 minutes) and Sticklebarn (10 minutes) both serve food and cold beers.
- On your day of departure, you can leave your car at the campsite free of charge – as long as your tent in down by 11 am
Depending on your point of view…
No allocated pitches
Langdale Campsite is trialling a new, ‘pitch up where you like’ arrangement, in a quest to keep their grass in good condition. The previously numbered plots are visible but not currently operational. As long as you are 6m away from your neighbour, you can choose a spot that appeals to you. We liked this concept but wondered how this might work in the height of Summer. We chose the “First-come-first-served” field and found, upon our return, that several people had pitched up quite close to us. They all turned out to be really nice but had they stuck to the 6m rule? No! We didn’t complain as we were only camping in the Langdales for 2 nights and felt it would be a bit of a pain for someone to have to ‘move’ their newly appointed tent and stuff.
No cars on the grass
The site looks lovely because cars are not allowed on the grass. There is a gravelled path which runs around the fields, this is where you leave your car. We have a small tent so keep most of our stuff in the car, we pitched about 20m from the path for easy access to our things. Depending on where you pitch, you may have to make several journeys backwards and forwards to your vehicle.
Camping in the Langdales without a tent
If the idea of camping in the Langdales appeals but you don’t own or fancy being in a tent, you could hire a pod, yurt or tipi. There are also electric hook-ups available for small camper vans. Or camper vans can park on the gravel path.
Overall we were impressed with the National Trust Langdale Campsite. It is in a perfect location to explore the area. Although not the cheapest of sites, we felt the facilities justified the cost. Check out Great Langdale Campsite for details of prices.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Lake District see our Top 5 Lake District Villages.