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

8
Very Good
Didn’t get to see as much as we would have liked as we must have chosen the wettest day of the year, but is was November. Will go back when the weather is better. Visited Hayes garden centre Christmas shop. Really good display and lights.
john
United Kingdom
November 27, 2017
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Exceptional
Visited 2 excellent restaurants during our short visit,one for our Wedding Anniversary dinner. Would certainly recommend both The Priest Hole and Lucy on a Plate.
ANDREW
United Kingdom
November 24, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great outdoor vibe, beautiful lake and mountain views and lots of nice cafes and restaurants.
Wendy
United Kingdom
November 27, 2017
10
Exceptional
Close to the lakes, beautiful views everywhere you look. Parking was a little difficult. All the pubs were lively and served great choice of ales. Live music in the pub on a Sunday was a great bonus
Rachel
United Kingdom
December 8, 2017
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Very Good
Short walking distance of shops and restaurants in Ambleside and in other direction to pier on Windermere for day trips
Cynthia
United Kingdom
November 28, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Ambleside

Skelwith Bridge Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 741 reviews

$67

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Briery Wood Hotel

9 Awesome

Score from 228 reviews

$100

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Wateredge Inn

9.3 Awesome

Score from 888 reviews

$44

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Regent Hotel By The Lake

9.2 Awesome

Score from 1,170 reviews

$76

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The Waterhead Hotel

9.3 Awesome

Score from 534 reviews

$153

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Rothay Manor Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 263 reviews

$143

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The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa

9.2 Awesome

Score from 874 reviews

$87

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Low Wood Bay

8.5 Very Good

Score from 426 reviews

$184

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Queens Hotel

7.6 Good

Score from 1,071 reviews

$87

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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.

By foot or by the boat on Windermere Lake

The only way to do it once you are there

Try a cinema meal deal at Zefferellis.

Applegarth Villa, Windermere

Made us relaxed.

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