A couple of weeks back we went away for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday. We can never predict British weather but it can still get very cold in April so we decided to go glamping i.e. camping in a posh heated shed. We chose the National Trust Great Langdale Campsite for several reasons:
What we got was so much more. The views from our pod were nothing short of stunning. We felt very lucky to wake to the breath-taking mountains on all sides every morning.
The pod was certainly much more than a posh shed. It had a lovely quaint feel about it and had plenty of room for our beds and various bit of equipment. It was warm but not too hot and even had lighting. We made it very cosy with lots of blankets and pillows.
The campsite is divided into different areas: pre-booked areas, family areas, a section for yurts and a section in which people can arrive and pitch without booking. The pods were scattered across the site. Our pod was a short walk to the shop and facilities but far enough away that we weren’t disturbed by noise at night. Ideal what you’re camping with children.
The facilities were first rate. There was an area for laundry, dish washing and a shower and toilet block. There were plenty of showers to meet the needs of the site and we didn’t ever need to wait to use them despite the site being pretty busy. The water was heated using a bio-mass boiler i.e. renewable energy. There is also a recycling skip at the far end of the site so that glass, plastic and paper can all be recycled. We like a site with good green credentials!
In addition to the facilities there was a shop onsite which sold freshly baked bre, croissants and bacon butties for those who didn’t wish to cook their own food. It had some tinned food and also ice cream on offer- a popular option for Kitty. In addition they offered waterproof maps of local walks for £2.50.
In the family section of the campsite there was a play area. It was well away from the car park and is a very handy addition to any campsite as it distracts little ones whilst you’re trying to erect your tent/inflate air mattresses etc. For older children (and willing adults) there was a bouldering wall in which you could test our basic rock climbing skills!
We thought the campsite was great and on the first day didn’t need to drive anywhere, which was a good job given it was Earth Day. We were within walking distance to the hike up to the Stickle Tarn and to the Stickle Barn pub. The Stickle Barn pub is the National Trust’s only pub and is different to your standard pub. It feels very inclusive with activities on for children such as leaf printing and outdoor games. There’s even a menu and ‘beer’ for dogs! Even though the sun was shining we still appreciated the warmth from the outdoor fire. The menu had a good variety of vegetarian, vegan and meat dishes. This is something we don’t often find so was an unexpected bonus.
We had a truly fantastic weekend relaxing at the site, hiking and eating at the local pub. On the last day before heading home Rick had the small task of a 70 mile bike ride finishing on the notorious Hard Nott Pass.
We’d definitely recommend Great Langdale Campsite and the area of Great Langdale to visit. The Lake District is probably my favourite place in the world and I feel very lucky to live nearby. Watch this space for more Lake District adventures! Do you have a favourite walk in the Lakes, or a favourite area to visit? We’re always keen for new adventures so do let us know in the comments below.