Ambleside is a small town that sits on the north eastern corner of Windermere. It is a popular centre for visitors and has a wide range of accommodation, including many bed & breakfast establishments.
Ambleside is an ideal place to base yourself for a holiday focusing on the south and central areas of the Lake District. It sits on the crossroads of Lakeland. To the northeast, over Kirkstone Pass, is Ullswater. To the southwest the road takes you to Tarn Hows and Coniston Water. North are Rydal Water and Grasmere, while to the south are Bowness and Windermere.
Ambleside Bed and Breakfast – A Selection
As with other areas of the Lake District and Cumbria as a whole there are many options for bed and breakfast accommodation, both in the town and in the surrounding countryside. Here is a selection, chosen because each has received a high average satisfaction rating (minimum 4.5 out of 5, or 9 out of 10) from users of the booking agency shown. = “Pets on request”
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More About Ambleside
At Waterhead, a short distance south from the centre of Ambleside, you can take boat trips on the lake or hire a boat if you’re feeling more active.
The photograph on the right was taken during a winter walk in Skelghyll Wood, a little way up the hill from the centre of the town. This a beautiful spot all around the year, the stream and falls being especially attractive after some rain.
In the town centre is the National Trust “smallest house”, on a bridge over the stream, and almost directly across the road is the Armitt Museum and Library which, among other things, has much material connected with John Ruskin.
A short way out of, for those who like ancient things, there are the remains of the Roman army fortress of Galava – the Ambleside of almost two thousand years ago.
Heading south out of the town, about half way to Windermere village, there is the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole, well worth a visit for all ages.