Great Langdale Campsite, Great Langdale, nr Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JU
The idea behind Basecamp Tipi is altogether rather simple. Take a campsite, one with a sought after location, some of the UK’s finest scenery on it’s doorstep and a National Trust-earned reputation as one of the most welcoming spots around, and then add a trio of tipis in the corner for those without their own tent.Genius right?
Taken from the nomadic Sami people of northern Sweden, the basis for the Tentipi design certainly fits the criteria of ‘tried and tested’. The simple conical shape, with a partial opening at the top to let out campfire smoke, has been used by the Sami for centuries. Basecamp Tipi’s modern day version uses the latest fabrics and techniques (including a raised wooden floor for insulation and a level surface) but there are still pleasant traditional touches, like reindeer skin rugs and a toasty log-burning stove.
Occupying a secluded corner of Great Langdale Campsite (they also have a second site at Hoathwaite, Coniston Water), the tipis cluster together in their own, slightly more private space. Cars are permitted onsite but not allowed on the grassy areas. There's also a reception area with an impressively well-stocked shop. It’s reputation as one of the best sites in the Lake District is certainly well earned, primarily due to its awe-inspiring surroundings. A surprisingly flat, sheep-dotted valley floor ends where the foot of mighty grey rocks begin, topped in browning heather and rising up into some of the Lakes most impressive mountains. To the north, the sublime Langdale Pikes. While to the west Bowfell and Crinkle Crags command the skyline, shielding the great hulk of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England – behind them.
The Owner Says
Your adventure starts here!
Experience the beauty of the Lake District from the comfort of our Nordic Tipis. A raised wooden floor, a woodburning stove to keep you toasty on those chilly eves, sheep skins to lounge on and outstanding views in two stunning locations: Great Langdale and Coniston Water.
Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, at the top of the picturesque Great Langdale valley surrounded by iconic mountains, tarns and climbing routes. The Tipis are on the National Trust, Great Langdale campsite: winner of the TGO magazine awards 2014 for best accommodation and, also best winter camping spots in the Guardian. This is testament not only to the stunning location but also to the dedication of the management team and the campsite rangers. The tipis are in a secluded corner of the campsite with uninterrupted and poetry inspiring views of Bowfell, the Langdale Pikes and only half a mile walk from the legendary Climbers’ bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and the National Trust Sticklebarn.Coniston Water
Our tipis overlooking Coniston Water are situated on the National Trust’s Hoathwaite Campsite a couple of miles from the village of Coniston. Far-reaching views over the lake and walks up the old Man of Coniston, ambles around Tarn Hows, cycle rides to the Bluebird Cafe, trips on Steam Yacht Gondola or hire of kayaks to explore the waters of Coniston, are just a few of the nearby attractions and activities that this refreshingly simplistic and rural location offers. See and hear the story of Campbell’s world record water speed attempt in the wonderful Ruskin museum, don your sailing caps and spirit of adventure and take a rowing boat to explore the small islands and secluded shorelines: inspiration behind arthur Ransom’s Swallows and Amazons.
Cosy camping in the Lake District
A mate and I travelled to Langdale to spend a few days in amongst the glorious surroundings of the Lake District peaks. We opted to stay in a tipi as they offered us more space than my two man tent - after a hard day out on the pikes, crags and fells it was nice not to have a struggle into a tent then wrestle our own clothing off. Being able to stand upright in the tipi was nice. The wood burning stove was an amazing addition that kept us toasty throughout the night. My favourite feature was the view - you open the tipi to look out upon the breathtaking Langdale Pikes. Tucked at the rear of the campsite they are also in a quiet spot, 5 minutes walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll - a legendary climbers' pub. Walking back to the tipi after a few pints of Old Rosie and stargazing became a favourite evening pastime.
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a lovely stay at Basecamp Tipi. The views are incredible, it was our first time in the Langdale valley and it has captured our hearts! We stayed in Red Tarn tipi which is tucked away in the corner and we woke to sounds of lambs bleating and birds twittering, we even saw a lamb being born! We were lucky with the weather so did all the walks - the Langdale pikes and Crinkly Crags etc. Staff on campsite very helpful with route advice. It was chilly at nights so we were happy to have a woodburner and sheepskin rugs to keep cosy. Pubs are great, the Old DUngeon Ghyll had music on a Wednesday so may have to bring along my guitar next time :) We will be back!