6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

5 reasons to visit Ambleside

PUBLISHED: 15:55 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:05 14 June 2016

Bridge House

Bridge House

Archant

However many times you’ve visited, there is still much to see and do in this pleasant lakeside town

Ambleside Ambleside

Ambleside is one of the most popular towns in the Lake District. The town stands at the head of Windermere and in the middle of some of England’s finest scenery but the town itself can be a rewarding adventure if you step off the busy main roads.

The emphasis here is on the unusual, with shops, many of them in narrow passages or yards, offering everything from jewellery made from locally quarried stone to home-made chocolates and dozens of local beers.

There are also scores of shops selling walking equipment, mountaineering gear and camping kit and a very good book shop which hasn’t allowed itself to be dominated by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Ambleside Waterhead Ambleside Waterhead

 

 

1. Ambleside is a popular base for climbing, hiking and biking and there are more glorious walks in and around the town than you can shake a walking stick at. For the experienced adventurer there are challenging routes up into the hills, while for the rest of us, there’s a pleasant stroll from the town centre to the Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.

 

2. No visit to Ambleside would be complete without a trip to, or out on, Windermere. The cruisers which ply their trade on the lake stop here, or if you’d rather be your own skipper, you can hire a rowing boat. Another famous landmark is Bridge House, a tiny property now owned by the National Trust which is one of the country’s most photographed buildings. Built as a summer house and apple store, the two-room house was also once home to a basket maker who somehow managed to bring up six children there.

 

3. One of the most testing roads in Britain leads out of Ambleside, but it’s worth the effort because the Kirkstone Pass Inn stands at the top of The Struggle. Parts of the pub were built in the late 15th century, although the site is said to have been a monks’ retreat for many years. At 1489ft, it is the third highest pub in England and the Kirkstone Pass Road is the highest road pass in the Lake District with some of the most spectacular views although when the cloud descends it can be very hard to see anything at all.

 

4. You’ll be spoiled for choice with cafes, pubs, restaurants and tearooms all over town. Zeffirelli’s and Fellini’s are great for vegetarian food while The Old Stamp House is a fellow Lancashire Life Food and Drink Award finalist. For good beer in a traditional Lakeland inn, try the Golden Rule on Smithy Brow.

 

5. Visit the wonderful Armitt Museum on Rydal Road which houses a charming collection of eclectic artefacts.

 

 

 

Where it is: Ambleside stands at the head of Windermere on the A591. Typing LA22 9DJ into your satnav should take you to the town centre.

 

Where to park: There are pay and display car parks on the edge of the town centre and some free on-street parking is available.

 

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Wed, 00:00

Hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners are just two reasons for walking in this stunning area, as John Lenehan discovers

Read more
Bowland Walks
Wed, 00:00

There are few finer thing than exploring the countryside surrounding the many rivers situated across the county.

Read more
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Victoria Smith always loved horses but her high pressure job meant she had little time to ride – until she met a deer in the Forest of Bowland

Read more
Equestrian
Monday, May 14, 2018

Developments underway and planned around the city are celebrating its proud heritage and building for the future

Read more
Preston
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

For almost 25 years, outdoor writers and photographers Dennis and Jan Kelsall have produced guides and articles covering many of the country’s popular walking destinations. Here, Dennis picks five of his favourites.

Read more
Lancaster
Friday, May 4, 2018

Ramsbottom is well known for its food and drink scene, but Rebekka O’Grady meets some arty residents that will inspire your creative side.

Read more
Ramsbottom
Thursday, May 3, 2018

A devastating riding accident may have saved Katherine Beaumont from a life of anxiety and stress. Now she is sharing her experience.

Read more
Equestrian

A unique community musical in Wigan is taking one of George Orwell’s most famous works from the page to the stage and making a song and dance about social inequality.

Read more
Wigan

When photographer Emma Campbell fell in love with Lakeland’s fell ponies she decided to raise their profile with a special project.

Read more
Equestrian photography
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Our walking guide John Lenehan takes us on a towpath where you can see one of Lancashire’s great engineering feats.

Read more
Canals Chorley
Monday, April 9, 2018

A selection of walks in and around Bowland for outdoor types who like to end their hike on a high note – with some great food and drink.

Read more
Monday, April 9, 2018

From specialist soap to awarding winning ale, Staveley is proving to be a magnet for small businesses and visitors

Read more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The joy of spotting owls is described by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Alan Wright who tells us where to find them and how to identify these elusive creatures.

Read more
Monday, April 2, 2018

It stretches the length of the Liverpool suburb, and over the years has hosted many shops and businesses. Rebekka O’Grady chats to those who currently call it home

Read more
Liverpool
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search