Although the summer may not be quite over yet, with September within touching distance, it is time to start reflecting on an amazing summer in the Lake District.
And it hasn’t just been the fabulous reviews seen on websites from guests and visitors to the region that show what a successful summer it has been. Journalists from the major dailies have been flocking to Cumbrian and the Lake District this year writing articles and blog posts along the way. They have ranged from adventure breaks and reviews to food, more leisurely activities, family, couple and group travel.
What has been very encouraging to see is these travel writers have visited the length the breadth of the county taking in the varied activities and events as well as highlighting the differences in landscape in England’s largest county by land mass. This was highlighted beautifully by Lisa Johnson in her August 2 article “The other Lake District: a guide to the quiet and beautiful western Lakes”. Despite being voted Britain’s Favourite View and with the growing number of people taking to the fells, the Wasdale Valley which houses the famous view and England’s deepest body of water, Wastwater, remains unspoilt.
The gateway and a truly stunning route to the Western Lake District can be started from the Langdale Valley. Staying in this valley opens up the whole of the Lake District for exploration. Close enough to Ambleside and Coniston, easily accessible to Lake Windermere either by cycle or car but as importantly, accessible over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes to the very tranquil Western Lake District.
Langdale is unique in its location and even more so with its picturesque fells surrounding the valley of 360 degrees. But peacefulness doesn’t mean a lack of facilities in this area. The Langdale Estate along with The National Trusts Sticklebarn brings a choice of places to eat and drink and the Langdale Estates wealth of choice in terms of places to stay which include 2 Lake District hotels and a variety of self catering lodges and properties.
Sicklebarn events and opening times can be found here and information and availability of all the facilities on The Langdale Estate can be found on their website, http://www.langdale.co.uk