A bustling and animated town, Ambleside is one of the key locations for visitors to the Lake District to base themselves in, and a real focal point for what the area is all about…the Great Outdoors. It has everything that’s required of a community within a National Park. An extensive range of accommodations, plenty of shops, most importantly several that focus on outdoor activity, lots of eateries, and a good deal more besides make this small but active town a popular destination.
There’s a nice flow to Ambleside, making it a pleasant town in which to wander, either for day trippers, or for those who choose to base themselves here. On the periphery of the town there are some places of note, including the remains of Ambleside (or Galava) Roman Fort, built in the 2nd century A.D. From the town’s market square, it’s just a 20-to-25-minute walk to Stock Ghyll Force, one of Lakeland’s tallest waterfalls, and for those that enjoy peace and quiet with views, Borrans Park offers is an attractive green space offering good views across Lake Windermere. It’s possible to get onto the lake – boat trips are available, as are various water sport activities, including kayaking and sailing.
It comes as no surprise that Ambleside is a popular base for walkers, given its situation near to the start of many of the Lake District’s great hikes. The Langdale and Coniston Fells are close by for high level walking options, and it’s even possible to reach the high ground by walking from the town itself, including the marvellous hike up Loughrigg Fell.