Ambleside is in the heart of the Lake District national park, at the base of the Kirkstone Pass, which is the highest mountain pass in this area, with an altitude of 1,489 feet. Due to Ambleside location in the national park it is a very popular place to stay in a self catering cottage or just visit for the day, providing easy access to all areas of the central Lakes, like Grasmere, Keswick and the Langdale valley, which is renown for having some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain.
The village dates back to Roman times, but in more recent history it stems back to the production of Lancashire cotton. The 17th century small ‘Bridge House’ is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District
Once you have arrived in Ambleside you can leave your car at your cottage, as there are many things to do and see in this breathtaking area. There is a good selection of quirky cafes / restaurants, public house, gift shops and galleries.
Just a ten minutes walk from this lovely village is Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the UK, which is popular for water sports and pleasure cruises.
Ambleside has a very good bus service, so whether you are out and about by car or bus, then there are plenty of places to visit.
Wray Castle, near Ambleside, was the home of Beatrix Potters, it is said that she fell in love with the local surroundings and it helped inspired her book writting, which often pictured famous scenes of this area.
Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Museum and Art Gallery, is a must for promising poets to visit as there are workshops available, this was the home to William Wordsworth for 8 years, one of England’s well known poets.
A short walk from Ambleside you will find a 70 foot waterfall called Stock Ghyll Force, this used to run 12 watermills which helped in the production of cotton and ground corn, today it is a lovely beauty spot.
Waterhead Pier, which is a 1 mile walk from Ambleside, here you will find Steamers which sail daily throughout the year along the 12 mile length of lake to Bowness and Lakeside.
Windermere is the most visited area of the National Park and has the largest lake in the UK, making it an excellent location for boating activities including pleasure cruises. Here you will find plenty of eateries and shops on your doorstep.
The village of Grasmere is positioned south of its lake and is an attractive place to stay in a holiday cottage, with a wide selection of walks from the door, whether it’s a simple stroll round the lake or a more adventurous walk on the Craggy peaks of Scafell pikes. There are a small selection of pubs, restaurant, shops and a small garden centre in the village.
Keswick town is positioned on the banks of lake Derwentwater and is in a very picturesque place to stay with Skiddaw Fells nestled behind. The town offers a great selection of shops, coffee house, galleries, theatre and restaurants, with an abundance of walks from the town centre to suit all, from easy walks along discussed railway tracks by the river, to hill walks to the Castlerigg Stone Circle with spectacular view of open countryside.
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