It is a popular place for hikers, attracted by the many fells that ring
the head of the valley. England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, can be
climbed by a route from Langdale. It has spectacular views, in particular,
Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall, Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle. It
is a U-shaped valley formed by glaciers while Little Langdale is
a hanging valley.
It is also known to archaeologists as the source of a particular type
of Neolithic polished stone axe head, created on the slopes of Pike of
Stickle, and traded all over prehistoric Great Britain and Europe. It also
supplied stone for some Bronze Age items such as stone wrist-guards.
One of the best known feature of Great Langdale are the Langdale
Pikes, a group of peaks on the northerrn side of the dale. From below they
appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are only precipitous on their
southern side: to the north the land sweeps gently to High Raise, parent
peak of the range. The Pikes themselves include (from west to east) Pike
of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle, and Pavey Ark.
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