Things to do
Where to start...
Walking the Lakeland fells and mountains is probably the reason most of our guests come to Ambleside. There are many, many spectacular walks starting right from our doorstep and ranging from easy evening strolls to the most demanding and technical walks or climbs. We are always happy to suggest routes for guests depending on their general fitness and experience and suggest you look at www.walklakes.co.uk for ideas and inspiration. For any guests wanting to hire the services of a guide we recommend Mark Eddy at Mountain Journeys in the town www.mountain-journeys.co.uk.
This is hilly country which probably makes it one of the best or worst places in the country depending on your point of view, but there are pretty flat routes that can be found too. As keen cyclists we can advise you on where best to cycle according to your preferences and ability. There are numerous on and off road routes or trails to be enjoyed again for all levels of fitness/ enthusiasm. We are also about a quarter of a mile from the two wheeled and friendly institution that is Ghyllside Cycles where you can buy most cycling gear and hire bikes too.
Chris is a keen member of Ambleside running club so whether you are wanting to do a short road circuit or a full on fell run (you can even join him on a race too if you wish!) we can offer copious amounts of local knowledge as well as mountain weather forecasts too.
Ambleside is only a couple of minutes walk from the cottage and according to tripadvisor there are now 106 restaurants in and around the town. We haven't tried them all yet but are having a good go and can advise that there are some very good and some not so good ones. We've come to realise that we all have different tastes and opinions on this but will be happy to make recommendations if asked.
There are probably a dozen or so pubs or bars, all different and with a decent live music scene most weeks.
We are lucky enough to have an independent and thriving cinema in the town. With 5 screens in three separate locations showing the latest movies as well as selected Art House films see www.zeffirellis.com/cinema for information on current and upcoming films.
Despite the advance of the high street chains Ambleside remains home to a great number of independent retailers and is reputedly the "goretex capital of the world"(!). Due to the huge number of tourists that visit the town independent retailers here have been able to develop successful shops selling a wide range of goods not easy to find elsewhere making for an altogether more interesting shopping experience.
Messing about on the water
Self-explanatory really. Boats of various shapes, sizes and types can be hired locally and using the cruise boats to get to the various attractions around the lake rather than driving or getting the bus should not be overlooked. See www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk for itineraries etc.
History, Culture, Ms. Potter & Mr Wordsworth
As well as the magnificent scenery and environment Cumbria is blessed with a rich and varied history. We hold information on most of the more popular attractions but suggest you see www.visitcumbria.com/go for ideas and inspiration.