The Langdale Valley makes an ideal base for exploring the whole of the Lake District. Being at the foot of Wrynose Pass that leads onto Hardknott Pass, means despite this not being a quick route, the amount of miles is just a fraction compared with alternative routes. You see, the Lake District has quite a few lumps and bumps, ie fells!
So the Langdale Valley itself being delightful, pretty, scenic yet with some big hills. Langdale is close to Ambleside, not far from Windermere, Coniston or Hawkshead. In fact, to get over to Ullswater and the eastern Lakes isn’t much of a problem and in fact a lovely drive over Kirkstone Pass.
So the direct route on mountain passes, less miles than the A roads, more scenic, it’s screaming out to be cycled is it not? From a base in the Langdale Valley, cyclists can experience some of the most famous Lake District routes, most not for the novice such as Hardknott and its 30% gradient but the pride upon completion will far out way the pain.
Staying in and around Langdale Valley and cycling can be enjoyed at a lot lower level literally. Many routes both on and off road that take in the scenery but at a far more leisurely pace. There is a fab little 11 mile route or a slightly longer 18 mile routes that takes in the famous Lake District beauty spot of Tarn Hows.
Drive Less See More is a campaign led by GoLakes Travel to promote more sustainable ways of getting around the Lake District. Everyone’s a winner, the Lake District for less carbon emissions and noise and the visitor as they really do See More.
Brimstone Boutique Hotel at Langdale are firm supporters of this scheme despite being a high end, boutique hotel. There’s secure bike storage and the hotel hosts will even collect guests from Windermere Train Station with their bikes. Renault Twizy electric cars can be hired too, just in case the previous days ride was a bit tough!