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Ambleside

Ambleside, at the head of Windermere and the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, is in the very heart of the Lake District with easy access to Grasmere, Keswick, Windermere and the Langdales. A vibrant, busy town, surrounded by magnificent Lakeland fells, it is the ideal location for a rural break. Although Ambleside has its roots in the medieval woollen trade, it is predominantly a Victorian town, built of dark grey slate.

With easy access to an unrivalled range of water sports, walks, climbs, cycling and much more, Ambleside is very popular with both leisure visitors wanting a relaxing break and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a challenge. There are also some great cafés and pubs to satisfy the keenest appetite and numerous award-winning ales to quench your thirst. Ambleside’s specialist shops offer a welcome variation on high street chains. There is no shortage of outdoor clothing specialists waiting to kit you out in the latest gear for any activity, from walking to windsurfing.

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Lattendales Guest House bedroom

Lattendales Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £37-£42 pppnb

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £38-£46 pppnb, £70-£126 prpnb

Ambleside Manor Vegetarian Guest House

Ambleside Manor Vegetarian Guest House

Guest House with 16 rooms, £48-£70 pppnb

2 Cambridge Villas

2 Cambridge Villas

Guest House with 5 rooms, £65-£105 prpnb

The Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £50-£85 pppnb

Rothay Manor Hotel

Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining

Hotel with 19 rooms, £151-£205 prpnb

Wordsworths Guest House

Wordsworths Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 5 rooms, £45-£140 prpnb

Brathay Lodge

Brathay Lodge

Guest Accommodation with 16 rooms, £73-£274 prpnb

Holme Lea Guest House

Holme Lea Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £45 pppnb

The Fisherbeck

The Fisherbeck

Guest Accommodation with 18 rooms, £37-£160 prpnb

Amboseli Lodge outside area

Amboseli Lodge

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £40-£48 pppnb

Brantholme Guest House

Brantholme Guest House

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £45-£75 pppnb

Rothay Garth

Rothay Garth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £55-£520 prpnb

Crow How Country Guest House

Crow How Country Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 9 rooms, £0-£152 prpnb

Ambleside Salutaion Hotel

Ambleside Salutation Hotel

Hotel with 49 rooms, £64-£86 pppnb

Waterhead Hotel bedroom

Waterhead Hotel

Townhouse Hotel with 41 rooms, £165-£245 prpnb

The Regent Hotel

The Regent Hotel

Hotel with 30 rooms, £85-£225 prpn

Mill Brow Farm Cottage

Mill Brow Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £400-£610 pupw sleeps 1-4

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Rysdale Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 9 rooms, £38-£120 pppnb

6 Church Street

6 Church Street

Self-catering with 1 unit, £243-£490 pupw sleeps 2-4

Ralston Dining Room

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston

Self-catering with 3 units, £385-£1200 pupw sleeps 1-6

Riverside bedroom

Riverside

Guest House with 6 rooms, £122-£142 prpn

Scandale Bridge Cottage

Scandale Bridge Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £38-£500 pupn sleeps 1-7

Stones Throw

Stones Throw

Self-catering with 1 unit, £355-£595 pupw sleeps 1-2

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Ambleside has a variety of different events taking place in the town and surrounding areas. From arts & culture classes, Ambleside Sports, Great North swim to festivals in the fells, check out whats happening during your stay in Ambleside.

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Surrounding areas

Wray Castle
Wateredge

Culture and Heritage

Armit museum
Bridge House
Kirkstone pass
The Romans built a stone fort at Waterhead called Galava around AD 120 (now in Borrans Field) - one of a number built to secure trade and service routes through South Lakeland.

Galava was linked to the Roman port at Ravenglass (via Hardknott Pass), to Brocavum (Brougham) near Penrith along ‘High Street' (an elevated Roman road between Ullswater and Haweswater), and southwards to Watercrook, near Kendal.

After the Romans departed around AD 400, Norse settlers moved in, founding a settlement on high ground above the town centre. It is thought that Ambleside may have been named after a Norseman called Amal (i.e. Amal's saeter - or summer pasture).

Ambleside was granted a market charter in 1650, and Market Place became the commercial centre for agriculture and the wool trade.

The old packhorse trail (now a bridleway) between Ambleside and Grasmere was the main route between the two towns before the new turnpike road was completed in 1770 (now the A591). Smithy Brow at the end of the trail was where packponies were re-shod after their journey.

With the coming of the turnpikes, the packhorse trains were superseded by horse-drawn stagecoaches, which regularly travelled between Keswick and Kendal (via Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere).

The Salutation Hotel, a former hostelry dating from 1656, developed into a coaching inn where horses could be stabled overnight. The Royal Oak and the White Lion were also coaching inns.
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