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Ambleside from Lake Windermere

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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 England.

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. Cumbria Page & Map

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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 places.

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 southwest. Hiking Page.

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.


Waterhead Pier Ambleside
Waterhead Pier at Ambleside

Ambleside Shuttle Bus
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Ambleside Centre
Ambleside Centre large

Lake Road at Ambleside
Ambleside Lake Road large

Ambleside Market Hall
Ambleside Market Hall large

White Platts Recreation Ground
White Platts Recreation Ground

Armitt Museum Ambleside
Armitt Museum in Ambleside

River Rothay Stepping Stones
River Rothay Stepping Stones