Ambleside is known as the heart beat of the Lake District
Located at the northern end of Windermere, Ambleside is known as the heart beat of the delightful Lake District in Cumbria. As well as boasting some of the best views and countryside that England has to offer, the charming settlement also has a varied range of activities and attractions that will keep people entertained and more importantly, returning year after year.
Firstly, no mention of Ambleside would be complete without mentioning the attractions that it is most famous for. Because of the setting, it is in the perfect place to explore all the charms of the Lake District.
It is also the ideal base for walkers too as its central location means there are a variety of trails that all offer contrasting and breathtaking views. Regardless of whether you are a novice and want to take in the special aura of the place, or are an experienced hiker who gets a thrill from the hills and mountains that the place is so famed for, there is something for everyone.
Because there are so many things to see from a walkers perspective however, it is advised that you take one of many leaflets that are on offer as often things can be missed. For example, the Ambleside Heritage Trail guides you through some of the most interesting parts of Ambleside, including old Ambleside which highlights traditional buildings of interest. A little further from the centre there is also the Stock Ghyll Force, a simply stunning and spectacular 70 foot waterfall that can be easily viewed from a railed viewpoint. The waterfall is especially sublime in spring as the area is awash with daffodils and proves to be a photographer's haven.
As Ambleside is next to the Lake District's largest lake - Lake Windermere - it is only right that you should be able to take advantage of the beauty that is so close.
There are a variety of cruises on offer including Windermere Lake Cruises that run early in the morning as well as the evening and all are a great way to relax and unwind in the most romantic of settings - the sunset cruises prove to be particularly popular too.
If you want a location that provides so much beauty in the modern day but also showcases the charms of the past in a truly stunning setting, this is certainly the place to stay.
Despite Ambleside being a traditional and rustic place at heart, the place also has a contemporary feel when it comes to socialising and dining. As well as traditional pubs that serve excellent home cooked food, there are also a plethora of wine bars, cafes and modern restaurants that all offer something a little different. If you are a traditionalist and want to sample some great quality pub lunches there are plenty to choose from - the Kings Arms restaurant, Ambleside's Brasserie and Matthew's Bistro are all highly recommended.
Alternatively, if you want a little something out of the ordinary for an evening meal, there are plenty of Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants for you to select from as well as Thai options too.