Little Langdale

  • Great views of the Langdale Pikes
  • The second Langdale valley
  • Discover the village of Little Langdale

Little Langdale is best approached over the low pass from the quiet but beautiful valley of Tilberthwaite. The views as ‘the col’ is reached are spectacular with Little Langdale Tarn lying to the north and the gash of Lingmoor Fell opening up to frame the Langdale Pikes in all their glory to the north west. I followed the track to Bridge End to fully appreciate the views even though this meant doubling back past the Climbing Hut to the bridleway for the return.

In the quieter months I would suggest crossing the river at Fell Foot Bridge and walking in to Little Langdale via the road but this does get a little busy in the summer when it is best to remain to the south of Little Langdale Tarn. The return walk to Gilberthwaite through the woods is full of interest of a different sort; the valley being one of the most obvious examples of the industrial past of the Lake District – slate and lead both being extracted in times past and the resultant chaos clearly seen from the track.

Recommend: Visit Cathedral Cave on the return in the woods, just off the main track  – the main cave is 40 foot high and preserved for visitors by the National Trust.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 308010. There is should be plenty of free (at the moment) parking at Tilberthwaite. Head through High Tilberthwaite farm and take the track heading due north up gentle slopes.
Height to Climb: 180 ms (590 feet)
Terrain: Bridleways and good tracks throughout. The road north of Little Langdale can be busy in summer.
Eating & Drinking: The Threeshires in Little Langdale is ideal to break the walk in two. There is nothing in Tilberthwaite but Coniston is only 3 miles away.
Similar Walks Nearby: Latterbarrow & Hawkshead
A lovely stroll around Tarn Hows
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