The Langdale Valley

Chapel Stile

Fountain Cottage enjoys a superb, picturesque setting in the Village of Chapel Stile in the unspoilt Langdale Valley. Chapel Stile is located at the head of the valley and, although has a blissfully remote feel, those who wish to explore will find Ambleside, Coniston, Hawkshead, Grasmere and Windermere only 4 miles away. The Fountain Cottage provides endless access to low and high level walks in the Langdale Valley, some of the most photographed landscapes in the Lake District, and you’ll soon see why.

Chapel Stile itself has a small shop, a cafe and an acclaimed Lake District country pub, Wainwrights Inn. Stroll further into the Langdale Valley and you’ll find the peaceful atmosphere and spectacular views continue….. with a few more notable pubs on the way. This location is an obvious choice for a walking holiday in the Lake District; hike to England’s highest tarn, or take on the spectacular Jack’s Rake up Pavey Ark as you tick off the famous Langdale Pikes; Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle and Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Loft Crag. The adjacent Wasdale and Borrowdale Valleys bring more superb routes within easy reach, and are traditional starting points for an ascent of England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike.

Something for everyone

If you want big imposing summits to conquer there is no shortage to be found at the head of the Valley, all with names that conjure up the spirit of Wainwright and the Lake District. The Langdale Pikes, Pavey Ark, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are all close by. For those who prefer a more relaxing ramble rather than serious mountains the Valley will not disappoint as it boasts a wealth of lower level routes where you will find unmatched panoramas to charm you at every turn.

For those on two wheels

If Mountain Biking is your thing then the area offers a huge range of interconnected bridleways to explore and if this isn’t enough only a short drive away (or if you are really energetic a 10km ride) is Grizedale Forest with its network of bridleways, forest roads and, the “piece de resistance”, the infamous North Face Trail. If tarmac is you preferred surface then there are a myriad of quiet lanes to enjoy and to step it up, or do I mean down, a gear there are of course the legendary great passes like Wrynose, Hardknott and Kirkstone to enjoy.

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