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Uncover the rich past of Great Langdale

Essential Info

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Grade: Easy walk on good paths
Distance: 6 miles
Allow: 3.5 hours plus any stops
Start/Finish: Elterwater National Trust Car Park,
OS Grid Ref: GR 328 047
Maps: Explorer OL6 & OL7
Parking: Elterwater National Trust Car Park
Public transport: Langdale Rambler, Bus Service 516, Ambleside-Dungeon Ghyll
Facilities: WCs, shops, pubs in Elterwater and Chapel Stile. Several pubs also en-route.
Equipment: Sturdy footwear, waterproofs and light refreshments


Great Langdale is a landscape of much diversity – from its lofty ridges, mountains tops and steep fell sides of bracken and juniper, to its tumbling waterfalls, ancient woods, farm pasture, and flowing becks in the valley below.

It has been shaped by people for thousands of years. Aside from the hill farms with their hardy Herdwick sheep, there are remnants of other industries - ranging from the Neolithic Stone Axe Factory to the former mines, quarries and gunpowder works. The period after World War Two was a time of particular change in Great Langdale, just as it was through out Cumbria’s fells landscape.

This audio trail will guide you through the recent history of the Great Langdale landscape. You’ll learn about the revolution in farming, explore traditional woodland practises, and discover the wildlife- rich hay meadow of days gone by. Listen as you walk to the memories and stories of the people who remember the landscape, it’s wildlife, and the transformations that have taken place since the 1940s.

Click here to download the map and route directions of the audio trail

Download the mp3 audio files below onto your mp3 player to accompany you on your walk. Alternatively, you can download the audio files to your computer and listen to them at home. A transcript of the audio trail is also available to download as an Adobe PDF file if you would rather read it than listen.

Click here to download the transcript of the audio files

The audio trail is complemented by Ted’s Great Langdale Landscape audio slideshow.

Download the map and route directions of the walk here

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