Ambleside is a
scenic town situated at the north end of
Lake Windermere. The town is right in the
centre of the Lake District of Cumbria in
Boat trips can be taken from the
Waterhead Pier on the south side of
Ambleside to Bowness on Windermere, about 5
miles south, and Lakeside at the south end of
Lake Windermere, about 12 miles south.
There is a shuttle bus that runs between
Ambleside centre and the Waterhead Pier,
about 1 mile in distance.
Ambleside is also the gateway to the
Langdale Valley, about 7 miles west, one
of the most scenic and top hill walking
areas in England. Coniston is 8 miles
southwest, and Hawkshead 5 miles
southwest. The village of Rydal is only 2
miles north, and Grasmere 4 miles north,
both with William Wordsworth connections.
Regular buses connect all these
Ambleside has a good selection of
hotels, B&Bs, self catering, bar
diners, and one of the top selections of
restaurants in the Lake District.
There are three parks in Ambleside,
with White Platts Recreation Ground being
the most used for its bowling, tennis,
golf, and putting. Rothay Park is
situated behind St Mary's Church, with
children's play, jogging, and games
areas. Borrans Park is situated on the
south side of Ambleside, close to the
Waterhead Pier, a popular place for
laying around on sunny days and with the
remains of a Roman Fort.
Hill walking is popular with 3 good
routes from the town centre to the 734ft
Todd Crag via the River Rothay Stepping
Stones, one of the top photo spots in
England, the 1,581ft Wansfell Pike, and
the tough horseshoe loup round the
2,864ft Fairfield. The 2,414ft Langdale
Pikes are 7 miles west, and the 2,634ft
Old Man of Coniston 8 miles
Popular walking routes with paths are
north to Grasmere past Rydal Water and
Grasmere Lake, and down the west side of
Lake Windermere to Wray Castle.