A pictorial alphabet of favourite places around England – L for Langdale
A pictorial alphabet of favourite places I've sketched and painted around England
The Langdale valley in the Lake District has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and the Romans built the road through the valley from Ambleside over the Hardknott Pass. Langdale is unusual in the Lakes for a valley of this size as it has no lake, only tarns. It also has a National Trust owned pub, the Sticklebarn, which runs on hydro electric power and reinvests all its profits into the local area. An easy walk from Elterwater, along mainly level paths to the Sticklebarn at Dungeon Ghyll , takes in wonderful views. The village of Chapel Stile, the river, several farms, sheep & cattle, the hills all around all provide plenty of subjects for sketching or painting, well demonstrated by Tim Fisher on the pen & wash dvd he made in the valley. Pubs at both ends, and at Chapel Stile in between, supply all the refreshment you need. My painting is an impression of the valley at the Dungeon Ghyll end. The barn has been moved about a mile to provide a definite focal point, but I don’t think that spoils the feeling of the valley in its autumn colours.