Visit Ambleside: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Ambleside

Post Knott Trail
This walking route keeps it short, even if it's steep in parts. And in just one hour, you can take in the charm of Bowness village and the natural beauty of Lake Windermere. With plenty of rest stops and viewing points along the way, it'€™s accessible for most walkers. When you finally see the scenery from Biskey Howe or Brantfell, your efforts getting there will be totally worth it.
Skelghyll Woods
Home to some of England's tallest trees, Skelghyll Woods has a quick and easy loop around the picturesque forests of Ambleside. Start outside Stagshaw Gardens and follow the marked trail south to pass Victorian-era conifers that house playful red squirrels. Then head to the Gallery of Giants and gawk up at the magnificent Grand Fir, towering above all the rest.
Lake District National Park
These sprawling lakes, fells and dales are absolutely heaven for those who love the great outdoors. Whether you're a seasoned or novice hiker, there are walking trails for everyone! And with almost 50 "€˜Miles Without Stiles"€™ routes, visitors with strollers, wheelchairs or limited mobility can enjoy breathtaking sights like Loughrigg Tarn and Ennerdale Forest.
Ambleside to Grasmere via Rydal Water
A easy walk going north from Ambleside, this well-marked trail is known as the "Coffin Route." Taking you via Rydal Water and its nearby hill, you’ll be walking where poet, William Wordsworth, "wandered lonely as a cloud." Don’t miss the opportunity to sip tea at the magnificent Rydal Hall before continuing along your way.
Ambleside to Troutbeck via Wansfell
A short but somewhat challenging walk, this trail starts with a steep climb up Wansfell Pike. Reach the top, however, and—once you’re done admiring the spectacular views—it’s downhill all the way to beautiful Troutbeck. Skip going uphill on the way back by cutting through Skelghyll woods instead.
Loughrigg Fell
Interested in climbing your first hill? You can do worse than starting out at Loughrigg – a relatively short one that spans the countryside between Ambleside and Grasmere. It offers a wide variety of trails to the top and back down again, so more experienced hikers will find plenty to do. Reach Todd Crag at the southern end and you’ll be rewarded with incredible Windermere views.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
nice little town with good pubs, a lake and lovely countryside around --> hiking, water sports, relaxing, enjoying the evenings in different pubs and restaurants, cafés ...
Alexander
Germany
May 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great location for people who like walking, fantastic scenery and a good selection of restaurants and cafes. There are good walks you can do straight from the town. We love Doi Intanon, a really great Thai Restaurant.
Paul
United Kingdom
May 21, 2017
10
Exceptional
Unfortunately the rain was really heavy so I didn't explore Ambleside. I look forward to my next visit.
David
United Kingdom
May 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
Excellent place to explore, boat trips readily accessible. The Mountain Gate trips are a terrific way to explore.
Sarah
United Kingdom
May 19, 2017
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Very Good
Easy walk down to lake Good places to eat But a steep driveway to go back
bellinn22
United Kingdom
May 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Ambleside

Queens Hotel

7.7 Good

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$97

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Regent Hotel By The Lake

9.2 Wonderful

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$112

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Rothay Manor Hotel

9 Wonderful

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$142

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Wateredge Inn

9.3 Wonderful

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$82

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The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa

9.2 Wonderful

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$76

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Skelwith Bridge Hotel

8.8 Excellent

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$58

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The Waterhead Hotel

9.2 Wonderful

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$193

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Briery Wood Hotel

8.9 Excellent

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$146

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Low Wood Bay

8.6 Excellent

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$207

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Recommended in Ambleside

Plan your walk in advance. Inform the hotel or at least one other person of your walking intentions in case of an incident. Carry plenty of water, a compass, map and/or GPS. Leave early in this area as walks get busy quickly,

Ask for advice or get a good map, try the tourist information centre. simple cheap maps are good for beginners.

Use local bus to travel to different locations for starting walks.

The choice of both and local and national companies.

The only way to do it once you are there

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