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Long Valley Yurts at Great Langdale

UK England North West England Cumbria Grasmere

Long Valley Yurts, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JU

Comfortable glamping at one of the National Trust's most spectacularly sited and best-run campsites.

The guys at Long Valley Yurts have some fantastic Lake District locations, but the Great Langdale site is the one nearest to their hearts – where they first started out and deep in the heart of the most spectacular walking country imaginable. Open up the yurt door in the morning and there are the Langdale Pikes in all their glory, plus a circle of other peaks that draw visitors from far and wide, not least Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.

And your base for scaling England's Alps (or, let's face it, just soaking up the amazing scenery)? Great Langdale is one of the National Trust's most spectacularly sited and best-run campsites, and the good news is you don't even have to camp! The three 18-foot yurts offer a high level of comfort – from proper futon-style beds to a warming wood-burner and oven – and they are fully equipped with everything you need for a cosy stay, including linen and duvets, firewood and corkscrew, board games and fairy lights. Toilets and hot showers are a short walk away (and shared with other site users), and there's a really well-stocked shop on site – though with the great Co-op and cafe at Chapel Stile just three miles away by car, stocking up for a barbecue or fireside marshmallows isn't a problem either.

Middle of nowhere you might think, but what you won't fully appreciate on arrival – when you look around at the soaring mountains – is that there are three great pubs within a 10-minute walk (not to mention two more within three miles). They all do hearty hiker fare, which is great if you want to shirk cooking duties, and the bar at the nearest, the Old Dungeon Ghyll, is an unmissable classic, loved by generations of walkers.

Pubs aside, many campers are Great Langdale are hardy, up-at-dawn hikers, so it's a fairly quiet place – the serious challenge that is Scafell Pike is a 20km round trip from the site, an 8- to 10-hour excursion for most hikers, hence the early starts. But Langdale is great for families too. You might not scale the highest heights, but there are all sorts of easier valley walks and wild swimming spots – plus bike hire, a kids' adventure playground and small climbing wall on site. Star-gazing is pretty much obligatory too – this is incredible Dark Sky country, and you don't even need to leave the comfort of your yurt, since you can see straight up through the crown.

To be honest, all the Long Valley yurt sites have a magical location – whether at Low Wray, Ullswater or Witherslack in the Lakes, and Knotlow Farm in the Peak District – but at Great Langdale everything does seem to come together in perfect harmony. Good stuff, we say – now where are our hiking boots?

The Owner Says

Long Valley Yurts – our very first site and our namesake, with 'Langdale' being the Norse word for Long Valley. It's a special place for us and for anyone who visits. Situated at the head of the simply stunning Great Langdale Valley, and guarded by the dominating Langdale Pikes, this site is a walkers' and climbers' dream come true.

Our favourite spot

Couples, families and big groups (mixed sex only – no stag or hen parties) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, young groups – no.

The local area

For the more adventurous, head to the Stickle Ghyll for some wild swimming in the deep pools and waterfalls. Or for the more sedate, walk up to the beautiful Loughrigg Tarn for a picnic with a views over the Langdales. Also available are an array of outdoor activities, both from the site or a short drive away. Why not try moonlit canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding or make a full day of it for a peddle and paddle adventure? You can also book all manner of bushcraft experiences as well as some more traditional outdoor activities such as gorge-scrambling and rock climbing.

Best local places to eat and drink

Within a hop, skip and jump from the yurts are three traditional Lakeland pubs serving great local food and a fine selection of local ales, with the Old Dungeon Ghyll being the closest and one of the oldest in the Lakes. The Sticklebarn Tavern is a National-Trust-owned pub, with bar meals and live music some weekends, while the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel has a bar, pub food and restaurant.

Why stay with us?

You couldn’t ask for a more idyllic location. Whether it’s adventure, a day out in the mountains, an amble down the valley or sitting back in a deck chair soaking up the scenery, Langdale is the beating heart of the Lake District.

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