Great & Little Langdale Circular Walk

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Route Summary:

Circular walk from Great Langdale to Little Langdale

15.18 km 447 m 5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Chapel Stile


Pubs and cafes in Chapel Stile and Elterwater, see our full guide to Great Langdale for more details


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

There are good public transport links between Great Langdale and Ambleside, with the  516 Bus Route between Dungeon Ghyll – Kendal / Ambleside running six buses daily.

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Great & Little Langdale Circular Walk Details

There are few valleys in the Lake District that offer easy walking as scenic as Great Langdale, and its compact sibling; Little Langdale. This circular walk brings in the best lower level walking offered by both Great and Little Langdales. One feature of this walk is the visibility of the Langdale Pikes, which seem to be visible for almost all of the walk.

You can start this route at any point on the circular, with this walk starting from Elterwater, staying low along the bottom of Great Langdale as far as New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. The route continues on to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel before crossing Langdale and climbing up to Blea Tarn. It’s over to Little Langdale, past the tarn of Little Langdale Tarn and over Slater Bridge before the final leg over the shoulder of Lingmoor Fell.

It’s worth diverting slightly at Slater Bridge to the man made Cathedral Cave. Instead of crossing the bridge, continue for a few 100m and it can be found a short distance to the right. It’s a disused quarry, now owned by the National Trust and apparently has it’s own resident goldfish!

Great Langdale and Little Langdale Circular Route

Click here to download the printable pdf version of the route in a new window (external site).

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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