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Langdale, Cumbria. Here is scenic splendour on a grand scale, ranging from the two rugged pikes piled up like gigantic sculpture in rock to the green dales with their tarns. You can approach from Grasmere, Ambleside or Coniston. Beyond Elterwater there are the two Langdale valleys: Great Langdale on the North and Little Langdale on the South.
Along the north side of Great Langdale the land rises from Silver Howe and Yew Crag past Stickle Tarn to the two pikes. First is Harrison Stickle, 2,403 ft, and then Pike o' Stickle, 2,323 ft. both rising steeply from the valley; Dungeon Ghyll begins in their cleft and flows South East, with the celebrated Dungeon Ghyll Force within walking distance of the road where it passes the New Hotel. The Force was depicted by Wordsworth and Coleridge. The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is National Trust property and beyond it are the roadless Mickleden and Oxendale branches of the valley. Mickleden leads North West to Stake Head Pass, for the Stonethwaite branch of Borrowdale, and Rossett Gill Pass, for the Sca fell group. Across the ends of both Langdale valleys are Bow Fell on the North, nearly 3,000 ft. and Crinkle Crags South of it.
The Wrynose Pass rises steeply out of the west end of Little Langdale, for the Duddon Valley or Hardknott Pass. The road from Wrynose descends Little Langdale beside the River Brathay (which is the North Lancashire boundary), and this was the route of the Roman road from Hardknott and the west coast East of the Pike of Blisco, which is below Crinkle Crags, is the pleasant dale with Blea Tarn where a steep road joins the two Langdale valleys. This dale is the scene of The Solitary in Book 11 of Wordsworth's The Excursion, and the poet also knew Blea Tarn House, a farm North of the tarn. The Little Langdale road passes Little Langdale Tarn, Birk Howe (a l7th-century farm-house bought by the National Trust) and Colwith Force, another waterfall accessible on foot.
Both Langdale valleys are well worth exploring on foot, and are also favoured by rock-climbers.
Nearby towns: Ambleside, Keswick, Ullswater, Windermere
Nearby village: Beckfoot, Boot, Borrowdale, Bowness-on-Windermere, Buttermere, Coniston, Crook, Dockray, Duddon Valley, Elterwater, Glenridding, Grasmere, Grizedale, Hawkshead, High Wray, High Yewdale, Kentmere, Mardale, Newlands, Patterdale, Rosthwaite, Rydal, Seathwaite, Torver, Ulpha, Underbarrow, Wythburn
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