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Visitor Reviews - Great Langdale National Trust Campsite

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Great Langdale National Trust Campsite
Great Langdale
(lake District)
Cumbria   (Browse area)
LA22 9JU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 015394 32733

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Pitches: 120
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 133 Reviews
              9/10 from 133 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Christophertrafford 1 review from this member

Great site with very good facilities. Friendly staff with good local knowledge. 3 pubs within easy walking distance that serve food. Magnificent views. A good choice of accommodation, tent, caravan, yurts, huts, mobile home.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Howards of hessle 3 reviews from this member

Have camped here a few times and a fabulous site with friendly helpful staff. Great local pubs serving tasty food. Perfect for climbing Scaffel pike etc. What more can you ask for. Oh and there's a drying room, to dry boots and clothes. Just in case the weather isn't on your side. Back there in August.

Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Summersmum 24 reviews from this member

Friendly welcome from National Trust staff and pointed out where to pitch. Details had been left on the door with a map provided too but we had personal service having arrived after 3pm when shop was open. We thought that was when you had to arrive as it is not very clear from the website - but other people seemed to arrive at all times. Would have ben useful to know where water points were on arrival as it was a long way to carry it to our campervan once we had pitched - only two water points at shower blocks. Fabulous views all around and we did walks in all directions without having to drive anywhere. Imagine it would be very busy in season with over 200 pitches but lovely and quiet in March - only a few campervan pitches but they seemed to be flexible at this time of year for those who didn't want hook up. There were even some brave tent campers. Website says you can only book 24 hours in advance which seems silly considering you have to pay the full amount then too - surely most people having paid will turn up.

Several pubs in walking distance and all dog friendly - completely different feel to them so depends what you like. In fact we each preferred the food in different ones! Large toilet and shower blocks which were clean and warm - could do with a floor mop/squeegee to leave it dry for those following you. I'm sure we will be back but not in high season !

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LBBK 33 reviews from this member

Great Langdale means Very Long Valley - this is a clue to the approach road that is officially graded B but is almost single track with passing spaces. There is a good reason why the site does not allow caravans and large motorhomes will find access quite exciting too.

That said, the site's setting at the end of the valley is stunning with the fells rising steeply on every side. Plenty of trees for shelter but also plenty of midges on our visit. This probably wasn't helped by the hot, humid weather and rather long grass.

The staff gave us a friendly welcome. Reception has a shop selling basic food and camping gear. There is a small Co-op back up the valley otherwise shopping is in Ambleside.

It is a large site but well broken up into sections with two large toilet blocks. These are functional rather than decorative but kept clean and the water was always hot. Drying rooms available. No mobile reception or wi-fi. Bring some change for payphones!

There are two pubs both serving meals within walking distance but we didn't try either so can't comment. Other folk were saying nice but expensive.

The walking, climbing and biking is all excellent straight from the site. Otherwise there is very little to do. Wray Castle (Nat Trust) is a car drive away and primary school child friendly with lots of activities.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hheaton 2 reviews from this member

Beautiful location. Stunning mountains all around. Plenty of showers which were always available with hot water when we wanted them. Well stocked shop. The children were especially fond of the morning croissants, bacon baguettes and freshly baked bread which were available. Good walks in the area. No fancy facilities but some good honest pubs in nearby locality (if a bit pricey!)

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Johari 9 reviews from this member

Myself, husband and two boys aged 13 and 9 visited Great Langdale in July 15, staying for 6 nights in a wooden pod.

The site itself is up a long, narrow windy road but worth it when you get there, and the area around the site is stunning. It was busy while we were there, but you hardly notice, due to the way the site is setup and lots of trees. There are no caravans, just tents and the site is mainly occupied by serious walkers and hikers. There is no entertainment at this site, but we didn't want that, and at night, it was very quiet.

The facilities are all excellent, maybe slightly in need of a lick of paint, but that wasn't an issue, and we never had to queue for a shower and there was always hot water. There is also a washing machine and a handy drying room.

The pod itself was good to stay in, it was dry and had a heater and lights. The only (very slight) downside was it's size. We had booked a family pod (2 adults and 3 children), but it slept four of us and our stuff, not sure where a fifth person would have slept. During the day, we piled the beds up at the far end of the pod. On other sites, pods can be fitted with beds etc, but the pods here have nothing inside them, so you need to take everything you would normally take camping, except the tent. We knew this, and had all we needed.

We ate at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and twice at the Sticklebarn Inn. The Sticklebarn did fresh pizza cooked in an outside oven, which went down well with the boys. We didn't use the on site shop, but it seemed well stocked. They did mean bacon baguettes every morning too. Ambleside is handy for shopping.

We organised Ghyll Scrambling up Stickle Ghyll and Canoeing on Windermere, via the campsite, and these activities were great. The same instructor, Justin, lead both activities, and he was very safety conscious and a thoroughly nice guy.

There is lots to do in the area, and at the lakes. We visited Ullswater and went on a boat trip and Aira Force waterfall, Windermere, and Coniston. Bowness on Windermere was too busy with hoards of bus tours milling around, but we liked Ambleside, very quaint.

All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this site, and would love to go back again.

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