At the head of the Great Langdale valley, fell walkers and climbers have been welcomed at this popular inn for more than 300 years. It is run by Jane and Neil Walmsley for the National Trust. Simple, country-style bedrooms have floral curtains and a brass bedstead; most have views of the surrounding fells. The residents’ lounge provides home-baked treats with morning coffee and afternoon tea; the lively Hikers’ Bar, in the old cow stalls, has real ales, a wide selection of malt whiskies and occasional open-mic nights. No television; patchy mobile reception. Walking routes and packed lunches available. Residents’ bar and lounge, dining room, public Hikers’ Bar; live music on first Wed of every month. No background music. Free Wi-Fi (in some rooms and public areas). Drying room. Children (special rates) and dogs (£5 per night) welcomed. 1-acre garden. 12 bedrooms. Per person B&B from £58, D,B&B from £78. 2-night min. stay at weekends. Closed 1 week at Christmas.
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