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Ambleside Village in the Lake District

Located on the shores of Lake Windermere and under the ever impressive Fairfield Horseshoe Ambleside is right at the heart of the Lake District and is quintessentially Lakeland with a great range of facilities, entertainment, food & drink and lots of great walks and bike rides starting and finishing there.

The origins of the town can be traced back as far as AD79 and the Roman fort of Galava which is still visible alongside the river Rothay on the outskirts of the town close to the excellent Borrans Park where you can enjoy a day by or in the lake.

Shopping may seem to be dominated by anoraks and cagoules but there is so much more. Outdoor enthusiasts are well catered for with many specialist shops selling every piece of kit you can think of to help you spend a day in the hills, make sure you know how to use it though especially a map and a compass. For more specialist equipment for tackling the hills climbing equipment for rock and winter is available at the Climbers Shop and Adventure Peaks.

The towns location right in the heart of the Lake District national Park makes it an ideal place not only to visit but to base yourself for a stay too. As well as the great range of local amenities many of the most popular walks the area has to offer start from here including:

Loughrigg with its ever popular caves
Low Sweden Bridge
Fairfield Horseshoe
Skelwith Bridge and Chesters

Many great bicycle rides both on and off the road can start and finish from here with a choice of flat (well as flat as it gets round here anyway) routes up the Langdale Valley, to Windermere and to Gresmere. Hilly routes are everywhere with some of the best past Little Langdale towards Wrynore and Hardknott, past Grasmere towards Keswick and via the Struggle to Patterdale. If you like your cycling a bit dirty many of the best Lake District mountain bike rides can start and finish here too.

Some of our favourites in Ambleside

These are some of our favourite places to stay, visit and shop in Ambleside
Luxury Self Catering

The Langdale Estate Self Catering

  • Ambleside
  • All of the Lake District
  • Luxury Self Catering

Brimstone Hotel & Spa

  • Ambleside
  • All of the Lake District
  • Hotels

The Lake District boasts some of the best luxury hotels in the country

News and stuff ...

Keep up-to-date with some news and things that have been going on in the Lakes recently.

Christmas Markets in the Lake District

  • 1st December 2018
  • All of the Lake District
Many places throughout the UK now have well established Christmas Markets which were first held in Bautzen, Germany in 1384...

Autumn in the Lakes

  • 12th November 2018
  • All of the Lake District
Autumn may be about to give way to Winter so there is not much time left to enjoy Autumn in...

Fine Dining in the Lakes

  • 8th October 2018
  • All of the Lake District
The Lake District and great food do not always go hand in hand like some other parts of the world,...

Coast to Coast

  • 24th September 2018
  • All of the Lake District
Another lovely view Another great trail in the Lake District

Tour of Britain in the Lake District

  • 7th September 2018
  • All of the Lake District
We have all gone bike mad in the Lake District this week as two stages of the Evo Energy Tour...