Great Langdale FAQs

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our Yurts at Great Langdale can comfortably accommodate six people. Each has a double futon and four singles. All of the beds can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. The single futons can also be pushed together to make a double. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and a pillow.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes all of our yurts have a 4KW wood burning stoves which will keep you cosy and warm. One basket of firewood, kindling and a box of fire lighters is also provided with the booking. Additional baskets can be purchased from reception.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the Yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst of weather.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, a pillow and duvets.

Can we bring our pet?

Dogs they are welcome on all of the sites, however we do not allow them inside the Yurts I’m afraid. Previous guests have still brought their dog along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurts.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels.
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. The campsite shop will re-freeze your bricks for you for a small charge.
  • A torch
  • Onesies for the kids are just ideal

In addition we advise you bring suitable cloths and footwear for all conditions, the Lake District can be somewhat un-predictable.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the Yurts have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs for those trips out into the mountains. It’s always recommended to check the weather forecast before you arrive.

What is there to do?

The simple answer is everything, and nothing. Whatever type of break you are looking for there is something here for everyone. The Lake District has a lot to offer, whether it’s exploring the hills, valleys and lakes on foot, taking photographs, reading, writing, or for the more adventurous, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking, it’s all here. However, if you choose to do nothing but just sit back, relax and enjoy being in a truly magical setting away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life then that’s definitely available too.

There is a file in each of our Yurts which gives you a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Lakes and other visitor attractions for all ages. We have also included a list of Long Valley Yurts hot spots and recommendations of places we really like. We hope you will too.

Long Valley Yurts also provide Outdoor Activities and Bush Craft Courses which are available from this site or a short drive away. Please see the ‘Things to do’ section of the website for more information.

Where is the nearest food shop?

The site has an exceptionally well stocked shop (see site map for location)  the following:

  • Groceries – milk, bread, bacon, tinned foods, pasta, rice etc.
  • Frozen foods – burgers, sausages, vegetarian sausages etc.
  • Chocolate, sweets, ice cream, biscuits.
  • Maps, guide books, hats, gloves.
  • Toiletries and medicines.
  • Toys, games, gifts, postcards & stamps.
  • Camping & walking accessories.

Other shops:

  • 3 miles – Co-op at Chapel Stile
  • 8 miles – Spar & Co-op at Ambleside
  • 11 miles – Booths supermarket at Windermere

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?

5 minutes walk – Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Hikers’ Bar. Pub food & restaurant. Occasional music sessions.
10 minutes walk – Sticklebarn Tavern. Pub food, live music some weekends, satellite TV.
10 minutes walk – New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Bar, pub food & restaurant.
3 miles – Wainwright’s pub. Pub food. Pub quizzes.
3.5 miles – The Britannia Inn. Pub food & restaurant.
8 miles – Ambleside – several restaurants and pubs.

What’s the weather going to do?

For up to date weather information, please telephone the Lake District Weatherline 08700 550575. The weather forecast is also available daily at the site shop.

How far is Scafell Pike? How long does it take to walk there?

Great Langdale Valley is one of the most popular starting points for a hike up on to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (and not Scafell – shorter by 14 metres.) By the shortest route from the campsite, the summit is approximately 10km away (20 km round trip). To walk there and back, the time will obviously vary according to the fitness and age of your group but it would be sensible to allow a complete day for the hike. Very fit hikers can get there and back in as little as 7 hours but it would be more like 8 – 10 hours for most!

This is a serious walk with some very steep rocky paths with ample opportunity to get lost on the fells. So please be careful.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Chapel Stile is the nearest village which is 3 miles away. There is a great pub, a café and a Co-Op. Ambleside and Grasmere are approximately 8 miles away. Coniston is also only about 12 miles away.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

The nearest bus stop is approximately 5 minute walk from the campsite. The route is bus 516 The Langdale Rambler which travels from Ambleside and from Kendal during weekends. For timetable information telephone the traveline on 0870 608 2608.