Longsleddale is a hidden-away valley in the East Lake District. Even though Longsleddale can be reached very quickly from Kendal and the A6, with no shops/pubs and served by a narrow 6 mile single-track road, few people visit.
Apparently the valley provided the inspiration for the children’s’ story Postman Pat, even if Longsleddale appears to have only one post box. Stayed in a wonderful little place called Cappelbarrow.
From the head of the valley – where the road ends, you can walk over to Kentmere to the west, or continue north via the Gatesgarth Pass to Haweswater. Though it didn’t rain once, the hills above the valley can get very very wet and boggy. It was also the lambing season with farmers bringing down sheep from the fell side.