420 iJouf* 49. LANGDALE.
here stop to visit Colwith Force, a cascade in the pretty little valley to
the right (key kept at a cottage by the fork; 3ol.).] Our road ascends to the
left, a little above the fall, through the vale of Little Langdale, which
is separated from Great Langdale by Lingmoor Fell (to the right). Beyond
the (1 M.) hamlet of Little Langdale (two inns) we pass Little Longdate
Tarn (340 ft.) and a little farther on, near Fell Foot, join the route
described at p. 416.
The coach stops at one of the hotels (p. 416) for luncheon, and ample
time is allowed for a visit to "Dungeon Gill Force (1/2 M. from either hotel)
romantically situated in a narrow gorge, hemmed in by vertical walls
of rock and making a perpendicular descent of about 70 ft. Above the
fall is a curious natural bridge formed by two rocks firmly wedged be¬
tween the sides of the ravine. Those who have come from the Old Hotel
may descend the hill to the New Hotel and there rejoin the coach.
[Dungeon Gill is the best starting-point for an ascent of the Langdale
Pikes (Harrison Stickle 2400ft.; Pike 0' _c_ 2323ft.), which takes lV2-2hrs.
(pony and guide 8-10s.). We ascend in windings near the Dungeon Gill beck
(with the stream to the right). As we approach the final part of the
ascent the Pike o'Stickle rises to the left and the Harrison Stickle to the
right, but to reach the latter we have to make a detour to the left round
a spur. The view from the top is somewhat circumscribed, but com¬
mands Langdale and Windermere. The descent may be made by Stickle
Tarn (1540 ft.), below Harrison Stickle. The route, which is unmistakable,
passes between the Pavey Ark Rocks on the N. bank of the tarn, and then
descends along the beck. — Grasmere may be reached in 2-2>/2 hrs. by
keeping to tbe N. from Stickle Tarn and climbing the ridge in front,
until a point is reached from which we look down upon Grasmere. In de¬
scending we keep to the right of Codale Tarn and Easdale Tarn. From
the Pike 0' Stickle we may descend on the N.W. to the Stake Pass (p. 430)
and Borrowdale (see p. 428). — Bowfell (2960 ft.; 'View) may be ascended
from Old Dungeon Gill Hotel in 2-2l/4 hrs., via Stool End Farm and the
shoulder called the Band.]
From Dungeon Gill our road runs to theE. through the green valley
of Great Langdale, affording a fine retrospect of the Langdale Pikes. About
2 M. beyond Millbeck we reach Langdale Church and the village of Chapel
Stile, on the fells near which are numerous slate-quarries. Here the
road forks, and walkers who wish to return direct to (5 M.) Ambleside
follow the branch to the right, passing Elterwater and Loughrigg Tarn.
[A new road starting 1/2 M. beyond the turn for Elterwater village reaches
Skelwith Bridge in I1/4 M.; it is easier and finer than the old road.] The
coach ascends the road to the left and soon reaches the top of the saddle
between Silver How and Loughrigg Fell, where we have a good retro¬
spect of the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, and other summits. As we descend,
a fine -View of Grasmere is disclosed. To enjoy this to the full we may
diverge to the right a little farther on, pass (with permission) through a gate
marked 'private', and follow the drive to the so-called Red Bank, a hare
spot on the N. side of Loughrigg Fell. We return by another 'private' drive
(to the right), which brings us out on the road, l'/j M. from the village of
Grasmere. The road leads round the S.W. side of the lake. Grasmere,
see below. From Grasmere to (4 M.) Ambleside, see p. 417.
Other excursions may be made from Ambleside to (8V2 M.) Patterdale
(coach daily, joining the route from Windermere at the Kirkstone Pass,
reached from Ambleside by a steep ascent of 3 M. through the valley of
the Stock Gill Beck; comp. p. 419); to Wasdale Head (p. 434), either by the
Wrynose Pass, Hardknott Pass, Eskdale, Boot, and Burnmoor Tarn (23'/4 M.),
or by Dungeon Gill (Vk M.) and by bridle-path over Esk Hause (2370 ft.;
3-3J/2 hrs.; comp. p. 432); and to Keswick via Great Langdale and the Stake
Pass (road to Dungeon Gill 7f/2 M.; bridle-path over the pass 3-3'/2 hrs.;
road from Rosthwaite to Keswick 6V2 M.).
The village of Grasmere (*Prince of Wales, on the lake, 1/2 M.
from the village, R. 4s., D. 4s.; *Rolhay, similar charges; Red