Mountain biking in Langdale
If you're an experienced mountain biker, try the Langdale Loop in the Langdale valley area. The route takes in some of the hills on either side of the valley, mainly along forestry and farm tracks, but be warned - there are some fast technical descents and steep climbs. The area is a bikers dream (or nightmare!), there is always one last ride up a hill to end the perfect day.
What makes it special
- A mountain biker's dream
Other things to do nearby
Spectacularly located, YHA Langdale overlooks Windermere and gives you access to the iconic fell walking routes of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the Langdale Pikes.
For taking a dip on the wild side, the Lake District is a wild swimmer's paradise. Why not take a dip in one of the secluded fell tarns or smaller lakes such as nearby Grasmere and Rydal Water?
Discover the recovery, documentation and restoration of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merzbau project; the Elterwater Merz Barn.
Navigation, rock climbing and mountaineering courses for skills training, guided activities or just having some group fun. Visit the website
Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape. Wherever you want to explore, you can ride as far as your legs will allow you.
Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.
1.8 miles William Wordsworth has a simple tombstone in the churchyard - one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. Visit the website
Enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and sample the delights inside the tiny shop.
A network of quarries above Little Langdale - best known for the main chamber, which is 40ft in height and lit by two windows. Visit the Visit Cumbria website Walkers, see the National Trust Hod
Grasmere offers a great range of fantastic walking routes, with maps available from the hostel.
The hostel is in a central location, halfway between Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter so there's plenty of scope for a good ride with a fully equipped bike shed with work stands, pump and bi
Jump on your bike and enjoy the rolling landscape. Seasoned pro or just fancy a ride, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Hire a boat, sit back and while away the hours in some of the most stunning scenery the Lake District has to offer.
Moving on from the Wordsworth family home to his own house in the village of Rydal, the great poet lived, wrote and entertained here from age 43 until his death at 80 in 1850.
A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.
Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.