Long Valley Yurts at Great Langdale

UK England North West England Cumbria Grasmere

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
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?

Price

From £199 for selected mid-week (Mon–Fri) stays in April, May, Sept and Oct, or from £370 in peak season. Whole week (7 nights), from £399 (off-peak) to £599 (peak season).

Opening Times

Open March–November.

Accommodation

3 yurts sleeping up to 6 people each.

Location

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

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Getting There

Great Langdale Campsite is 8 miles (20min drive) from Ambleside, on the minor road to Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater. There's a regular bus service from Ambleside and Kendal too, the 516.

Using public transport, take the train to Windermere, then the 599 bus to Ambleside, where you can pick up the Langdale Rambler. The 516 bus from Ambleside stops a 5-minute walk from the site, for times call 0871 200 2233.

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