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High peaks and peaceful valleys in the heart of the Lake District

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

Right in the centre of the Lake District lies Langdale. Meaning ‘long valley’, this exceptional walking destination is perfect for exploration, whether we want to go high or low. There are dozens of famous peaks looking over it – the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell, the Crinkle Crags – alongside many beautiful smaller hills and easy stream-side strolls.

Join us on a sociable guided walking weekend where we’ll explore the best bits of Langdale, all from our comfortable hostel base nearby. Get into the great outdoors during the day and sit down to some great local food in the evenings, perhaps taking time to explore the many nearby pubs and cafes as well!

Langdale

 

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the valley of Langdale and its surrounding peaks on two guided walks with qualified Mountain Leaders.
  • See why the Lake District is a walkers’ paradise, and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
  • Enjoy staying in our local hostel accommodation, where we’ll be right in the heart of the stunning scenery and a short distance from local pubs and cafes.
  • Meet a great group of fellow walkers and let the cares of the world slip away for the weekend.

About the area

The Lake District National Park

Right in the north-west of England, the Lake District is a stunning landscape of mountains, lakes, rivers and woodland. One of the UK’s first National Parks, it’s scenery has been appreciated for hundreds of years, and is still the number one destination for many outdoor enthusiasts today. What makes the Lakes great is its accessibility for all levels of fitness – there are the high hills and bold mountain climbs, but there are also some of the best low-level walks around, with easy hills giving fantastic views over the landscape. Sculpted by volcanoes and ice over millions of years, the Lakes is now the site of sheep farming, mountaineering, and all-round love of nature!

Guided Walking Weekend in the Lake District staying at Ennerdale YHA

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Itinerary

Friday

You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions. You’ll then have plenty of time to settle in and begin to enjoy the location before dinner. Then there’ll be a full briefing about the plans for the weekend and what the walk options are.

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Saturday

Today we will be heading out for one group walk our aim is to offer a good day out with a summit (weather dependent), this walk will be led by a Mountain Leader, who will be your guide to the scenery and majesty of the Lake District.

Some possible walk options are:

  • Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags
    3

    Towering above the end of Langdale, these peaks are classic Lakeland giants, and a brilliant day out. We’ll begin by heading up Oxendale before following paths that take us up to the Crinkle Crags; from here we continue along the crags to the high lakes at Three Tarns, before summiting Bow Fell. Our descent will be down The Band. For the whole walk, the views of Langdale, and the surrounding peaks, will be outstanding, and any bits of cloud will only add to the mystery of the knotted landscape of the Crinkle Crags.

  • The Langdale Pikes
    3

    One of the most photographed peaks in the Lake District and instantly recognisable from as far away as Windermere, the Langdale Pikes are a set of rocky towers jumbled together above the torrent of Dungeon Ghyll. We’ll approach them from Langdale, climbing Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark before descending via Stickle Tarn. A great walk if you think a hill only has one summit!

  • Lingmoor Fell
    2

    A more gentle walk would be to head up Lingmoor Fell, a lower hill which stands over the village of Elterwater. After summiting the hill, we’ll descend via woodland and the lake of Elterwater, perhaps stopping in the village pub for a drink! This is one of those lower walks that provides exceptional views of the surrounding valleys and higher peaks, showing that you don’t need to go high to have a great day out.

Afternoon onwards

When the walks have returned to the hostel, there’ll be plenty of time to relax with hot drinks or glasses of wine and re-live the day’s adventures. We’ll head out for dinner at around 7.30pm but other than that the evening is yours to snooze in the lounge, or sample the local delights of some great traditional Lake District inns.

Sunday

After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. We’ll be heading out on another walk today, which lasts between 3-4 hours and finishes near either a pub for lunch, or a selection of places you can choose from.

The walk options may be something like:

  • Silver Howe
    2

    Spanning the gap between Langdale and Grasmere, this small hill is often overlooked, but gives excellent views over lansdale and also up to Helvellyn. It’s also easy walking, with grassy paths and only one or two steep bits. With flowers and nature all around us, we’ll be able to stroll along the grassy ridge and head back down to Langdale from one of the Lake District’s best small hills.

  • Pike of Blisco
    3

    If we fancy another of the higher peaks, the Pike of Blisco is a great choice. Standing on its own over Langdale, it looks like the cone of an ancient volcano, and therefore provides an exhilarating ascent. We’ll head up on a loop from Oxendale (part of Langdale) and enjoy some time by the pretty lake of Red Tarn before returning down.

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For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page 

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What our members have to say...

  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
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