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Langdale & Great Langdale

The view of Langdale Pikes as you enter through Chapel Stile from Ambleside is Magnificent With Bow Fell at the dale head to the right of Hardknott Pass which crosses over to Eskdale. Together they give access to the craggy higher peaks through the undulating lower fells.

The area offers fine ridge walks and the last stage of Walking and the first stage in Climbing, as claimed by A.W. Wainwright on Jack's Rake from Stickle Tarn onto Pavey Ark.

Hardknott Pass & Eskdale

After the experience climbing Wrynose & Hardknott Passes from Langdale where Roman remains can be found, Eskdale is a splendid valley which has with a Museum of Farming Life at Brotherikeld. 

The Romans who transported supplies to the north England interior via Eskdale, they built a garrison fortress at the head of the valley on Hardknott Pass to protect the shipments en route from Ravenglass.


gauge Steam Railway at Dalegarth which follows the river Esk down the valley to the sea at Ravensglass. The seven mile track was originally opened in 1875 to carry ore to the coast now brings tourists to view the watermill at Boot and a short walk to Dalegarth falls.

The Eskdale mill at Boot is one of the oldest in Britain, the wheels are driven by the Beck which started its journey only a short distance away on the side of Scafell the highest point in Britain. The original machinery is still in operation grinding Oatmeal daily and open for visitors in the summer months.

Single Ticket to Ride

Cycle as far as you can in Eskdale with a One Way Return Ticket in your pocket with the Steam to get you home.


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