The Langdale Valley, “Challenging” Some May Say

The Langdale Valley, the real heart of the Lake District. Stunningly, scenic landscapes no matter when you look. The source of inspiration for artists and poets for hundreds of years and a place where people come to experience complete relaxation.

But the Langdale Valley also appeals to another very different lot of people as Langdale is at the end of England’s steepest roads, Wrynose and Hardknott and surrounded by some of England’s highest mountains. So it is no wonder that Langdale is also quite popular with outdoor enthusiasts and those adventurous types.

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On to running and the much respected Great Langdale Road Races running club hold a magnificent marathon and half marathon each year. Yes, a marathon as in 26 miles but not along the streets of London but through the bumpy Lake District National Park. Taking place on Saturday 21st October this year, competitors can enjoy (endure!) the stunning true heart of the Lake District, the Langdale Valley. It’s no surprise there are a few hills here and there, some being 1 in 3 gradients making it invigorating and challenging. The route starts from Great Langdale following an anti-clockwise direction via Little Langdale and through the picturesque hamlets of Skelwith Bridge, Chapel Style and Dungeon Ghyll.

Sponsors, supporters and outdoor lovers the Langdale Hotel & Spa have just the location for pre and post race relaxation and rejuvenation. The Hotel as a choice of rooms either for those taking part or for spectators and the new Brimstone Spa is what will be required to sooth aching limbs. Visit for more information.


In association with: Nurture Lakeland