Bouldering in Great Langdale

Duration:Half Day

The Langdale Boulders are situated half way up Great Langdale Valley, with excellent views of the Langdale Pikes. Being right next to the road, they are ideal for a stop after a day on the crag’s.

They consist of two main boulders (upper and lower); both are of excellent quality. The stone is some of the finest in the area with excellent friction, good landings and a variety of problems – around about 40 in total. Some of these can be combined to produce interesting circuits to test one’s strength and stamina. The slab to the left of the step stile when facing the lower boulder is decorated with some of the finest rock art in Cumbria. This is thought to be between 5000 to 3000 years old! The designs include concentric circles, spirals and geometric designs arranged around a series of natural depressions in the rock. These should be avoided to protect them from damage but this is only a small part of the boulders with not much climbing interest.

Further Information

There is limited parking on roadside next to the boulders with further parking approx. 2.5 km along the valley at NT Stickle car park (free to members).

There are 3 pubs in the upper part of the valley: The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Stickle Barn Tavern and the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. The Brittania Inn is in Elterwater. There is a further pub (Wainwright’s), shop and cafe in Chapel Stile. A bus service runs from Ambleside to the head of the Langdale valley about five times a day. Nearest Petrol station is in Ambleside.

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By Leo Walmsley

Upland footpath ranger. Having grown up in the Langdale valley I have many interests in the outdoors and spend as much of my own time within the hills as I do whilst working to maintain their beauty.

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How to get here

Langdale Boulders, Great Langdale

Great Langdale LA22 9

NY 313 058

Get Directions

By Bus: Avoid the parking difficulties by taking the Stagecoach 516 service from Ambleside which goes right past the boulders.

Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33