30 Jun Wild Camping in the Lake District – Langdale
Langdale is the most central valley in the Lake District National Park. You can reach it by car from Ambleside in couple of minutes and in less than an hour and a half from Lancaster. There is also a bus connection.
The route starts at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. You can park the car just in front of the hotel for £3 a day (pay at the reception).
As always you might struggle to find space if you come in the middle of the day as most people come for one day visit in the morning and parking places quickly fill up. But after 3pm Lake District start to be available again.
First part of the route is very easy walk along the river on wide and even path. Cross the river at the end of the valley and right after that you find yourself climbing countless steps towards Angle tarn. Angle tarn is a small lake neighbouring steep rocks at the south side and is open towards the north. There are couple of spots where you can pitch your tent around the lake. The tarn is fed by number of small streams with crystal clear water.
The evening was rainy and the night added high speed winds. However, the tarn forms large bowl in the terrain and so the tents are somewhat sheltered from the wind.
Next morning stayed windy, but at least the rain was gone. The path towards Great End and Scafell pike was easy. After less than a mile I have turned south towards Bowfell. The terrain and the weather got a bit more rough. The fog and the wind made it easy to slip from the path so having GPS instead of paper map was a great advantage.
The descent from Bowfell to Langdale is again well build path and offers some scenic views.