Set amidst the lake districts most dramatic fells in the picturesque langdale valley The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel nestles beneath the langdale pikes and pavey ark. The hotel sits in 6 acres of mature gardens and pastures.
The hotel is of historical interest being built on a medieval settlement and it enjoys the most breathtaking views of langdale at every point of the compass.
The New Dungeon Ghyll hotel is a family owned and run hotel ,with a passion for friendly and quality service. We offer excellent accommodation with a choice of 4 poster, superior, standard and family rooms all in a stunning location and each boasting the most fantastic view.
Both our reception rooms have recently been refurbished to a very high standard, they have log burning fires for those chilly winter nights. There is nowhere better to unwind, enjoy home cooked food, fine wines from around the world in the most spectacular location.
Our restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily. The evening menu changes every couple of days with our chefs using local produce from Cumbria and seasonality wherever possible.
Our accomodation consists of 22 bedrooms including standard, superior, family rooms and a four poster room. All bedrooms have been individually furnished to a high standard and include cotton linen, flat screen TV's, direct dial telephone, wifi, complimentary tea and coffee, well equipped bathrooms or double shower rooms with complimentary products. Four poster and superior rooms have bathrobes.
The stairway to Heaven starts from right outside the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Climbing beside a stream of waterfalls a series of steps, built from the volcanic rocks of Lakeland, heads almost arrow straight for a skyline of mountains. These are the Langdale Pikes. Harrison Stickle, meaning the steep place of Harrison, is the highest while on either hand rise summits to delight both walkers and climbers. Then reaching the top a glorious view suddenly appears with the precipice of Pavey Ark rising almost vertically from Stickle Tarn.
But it's not just the Langdale Pikes that hold the secret of the NDG, as the hotel is often affectionately known. For the gentlest of days there's the stroll down the valley to Elterwater where you can get a beer or a cup of tea and then, if you're feeling a bit out of puff, hop on a bus that will take you back.
Facing the hotel is the long ridge of Lingmoor Fell, which gets the name from its magnificent August swathe of purple heather. If the ascent feels a bit too energetic how about a circuit of the fell taking in Blea Tarn, another delightful gem of the Langdale valley.
Crinkle Crags, whose name becomes obvious when you see the serrated outline of the skyline at the valley head, makes a delightful excursion taking in Three Tarns followed by a switchback wander along the crest and a descent past Red Tarn.
Bow Fell can be added as an out and back to the Crinkle Crags excursion, or linked to Esk Pike, while the super energetic can even take in England's highest peak Scafell Pike.
For the young and fit an ascent of Pike of Blisco can be fitted into an afternoon, but there's no need to rush, for it's a great place to play naming the skyline with, according to Wainwright, no less than forty nine summits in view.
Then at the end of the day there's a seat in the garden or outside the hotel bar where you can relax and gaze at the fells and plan tomorrow.
John and Anne Nuttall www.nuttalls.com