Oxen Fell Cottage is at one end of Greenbank Terrace, a row of traditional slate-fronted cottages that once housed quarrymen working in the quarries. The first thing you notice as you walk through the front door is the sense of spaciousness afforded by the surprisingly high ceilings. The sitting room is inviting, with a woodburner and two comfortable settees: the perfect place to relax after a day’s walking. As well as a TV and DVD player, we provide DVDs of local interest, including the TV series of Julia Bradbury climbing the Wainwright fells. We also provide books, games and jigsaws with a local flavour.
The kitchen is well-equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, and plenty of kitchenware and crockery, so that you can fill up after a day out on the fells. The table has four solid chairs, and the ordnance survey map centred on Oxen Fell Cottage is perfectly placed for reviewing the day’s activity or planning the next. A high chair is provided.
A washing machine and a tumble dryer, essential for wet days, are in the outhouse.
The cottage has two bedrooms, both of which have ensuites. The ensuite off bedroom 2 has a bath with shower over, whilst the ensuite off the master bedroom has a shower cubicle. In addition, there is a toilet in the outhouse, so no one is kept waiting!
The beds are made up for you and towels are provided. Bedroom 2 has a tub chair so that you can find somewhere quiet to read. A travel cot and a stair gate are provided to keep a little one safe!
A patio table with four chairs means that you can enjoy the fresh air at meal times, and a bench outside the front door is perfect for reflecting on the day over a quiet glass of wine in the quiet of the evening.
There is lockable storage for up to four bicycles in the outhouse.
Free WiFi is available.
You may bring one small/medium size dog. You can roll out a 60cm high plastic mesh fence to create a temporary dog enclosure.
Parking is on the road just past Greenbank Terrace, about 60 metres away.
Oxen Fell Cottage is located in the hamlet of Little Langdale, the quieter, tranquil part of the Langdale Valley.
Every direction offers walks with stunning views, at both high and low level. It is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists, and birdwatchers. The attractive town of Ambleside is only four miles away, with its restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries, and two cinemas.
More photos of the nearby area can be found on the 'Lake District' page.
Little Langdale is a wide, hanging valley, in contrast to the U-shaped glacial valley, Great Langdale. Little Langdale is now much the quieter and more peaceful of the two, but it has not always been like that. Little Langdale marked the intersection of a number packhorse routes leading west to Ravenglass to Whitehaven, north to Penrith and Keswick, south to Coniston and Hawkshead, and east to Ambleside. The beautiful sixteenth century Slaters Bridge lay on one of these routes. Later, copper and slate quarries ensured the hamlet’s posterity. Oxen Fell Cottage is at one end of Greenbank Terrace, a row of cottages built in the 1860s to accommodate the miners who worked in the local quarries, and their families. Today much of the quarrying has ended, but we can see the evidence: the spectacular Cathedral Quarry and the pit at Hodge Close, both of which are well worth visiting.
Little Langdale has much to offer. Slaters Bridge is a ten minute walk from the cottage, and is a must-see. The much-photographed beauty spot of Blea Tarn lies between Little Langdale and Great Langdale, whilst a walk through the woods beside the Brathay beck takes you to the spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and then Skelwith Force.
Lingmoor Fell separates Little Langdale from Great Langdale, and affords lovely views from its summit. The pretty village of Elterwater is an easy walk from Little Langdale, where the two valleys of Little Langdale and Great Langdale converge. Great Langdale follows the beck that shares its name past the village of Chapel Stile and the spectacular waterfall of Dungeon Ghyll Force, towards the high fells of the iconic Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
Grasmere, with its literary connections, lies the far side of Great Langdale. William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived first at Dove Cottage now managed by the Wordworth Trust, then at Allan Bank, and finally at Rydal Mount. Grasmere is also famous for its Grasmere Gingerbread, although I think it tastes more like a ginger biscuit!
In the other direction the pretty hamlets of High Tilberthwaite and Low Tilberthwaite are a short walk away. At Coniston, beyond Tilberthwaite, you could visit Brantwood John Ruskin’s home, enjoy various water activities on its lake, or even cruise on a steamer.
The pretty town of Ambleside lies four miles away. The Bridge House over Stock Ghyll is one of the most photographed spots in the Lake District, whilst nearby Stock Ghyll Force is a spectacular 70 foot waterfall. Ambleside boasts a number of interesting shops, and two cinemas. Waterhead, at the head of Lake Windermere, has jetties from which you can take ferries. There are plenty of opportunities for enjoying water activities on Windermere from Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre and Activity Centre.
To the West of Little Langdale, the Wrynose Pass passes the Three Shire Stone, which marked the boundary between the counties of Lancashire, Westmoreland and Cumberland, before they were merged into Cumbria. From the top of the pass you can either descend to the pretty Duddon Valley or, if you’re up for a challenge, take the Hardknott Pass towards Eskdale.