• 29 September 2018

    Activities in Ambleside.

    Ambleside offers much to see and do during your stay at Lake House. To help you see the wood from the trees as it were, here are a few ideas that as locals we would thoroughly recommend!


    Ambleside may be a small town but it is full of interesting and exquisite shops, many for clothing, outdoor equipment, home accessories, decor, art and gifts. Plus if you need to rest your feet (you probably will, as there’s so much to look at!) you can break up the shop visits with a well deserved cuppa! There is a whole host of quaint tea rooms and cafes serving delicious coffee and cakes.

    Stroll around Lake Windermere

    Now you can’t visit Ambleside without walking around the top attraction - Lake Windermere! Ambleside is based at the head of the lake and there are lots of great pathways around the shoreline. The perfect way to see the surrounding landscape from a variety of stunning viewpoints. If you have limited mobility the ‘West Shore Walk’ is a great one, and the ferry takes you directly to the starting point of this walk.

    Visit Wray Castle

    Wray Castle is a beautiful Victorian neo-gothic building on the shore of Lake Windermere. Owned and run by the National Trust, Wray Castle is a good place for a day out with something for everyone. There are elaborate rooms, towers and turrets to explore, even a ‘Peter Rabbit Adventure’ for the kids, and if you’re feeling peckish a delightful cafe with offering stunning views of the landscape.

    Visit Bridge House

    Bridge House is a famed feature of Ambleside town. The cute and quirky building has survived since the 17th century and has had a whole host of occupations over the years! It was first built by the Braithwaite’s to access their land on the other side of Stock Beck and has since been a tea room, weaving shop and cobbler’s to name a few! The unique, pretty appearance of this Lakeland relic has meant it has been a source of inspiration for many artists and painters over the years.

    Loughrigg Fell

    Loughrigg fell sits on the edge of Ambleside town and despite not being particularly high (335m) it feels as though it has multiple summits and offers excellent views of the lakes and greater mountains beyond. There are many walking routes over the fell to choose from, but for most you will cross Loughrigg terrace, a wonderful section of pathway offering views of Grasmere Lake which continues on to pass the impressive Rydal caves.

  • Many of our guests here at Lake House visit to explore the beautiful Lake District, discovering famous scenic walking routes. After a long day exploring, many of us feel we deserve a refreshment or two, and quite right!

    There is certainly something special about the remote pubs of the Lake District, and with this in mind we have collated our favourite pubs that are certainly worth a visit during your stay with us at Lake House.

    1. Kirkstone Pass Inn
    Kirkstone Pass Inn is a very scenic 20 minute drive from Lake House and is a great place to start a walk up Red Screes. At 1500ft the Inn is the highest inhabited building in Cumbria and the third highest Inn in England. The Inn is famously old, with records referencing the building dating back to 14th Century. The Inn’s long and colourful history has led to it being considered as one of the most haunted pubs in the UK, known as the permanent residence of travellers who met their death on the nearby fells.

    2. The Golden Rule
    The Golden Rule is in the heart of Ambleside and is in walking distance from Lake House. This pub is favoured by walkers, welcomes dogs and a great place to collect your thoughts after a hard day on the fells! A nice touch is the selection of Lake District pictures on the walls depicting numerous hikers and walkers from the years gone by. The pub is very small serving real ales, and is traditional in style with quaint circular tables and an open fire.

    3. The Mortal Man
    The Mortal Man is in a secluded spot near Troutbeck which is a short 12 minute drive from Lake House. If you’re planning to walk in the Kentmere Valley or up Wansfell Pike this pub is a great stop off point. They offer traditional ales along with bar snacks and food. One of the great perks of the Mortal Man is the beer garden, it is huge! Since the pub is situated on a hill, the beer garden overlooks the Troutbeck valley and surrounding hills.

  • This UNESCO national park provides an array of walks for you and your party to plot the time spent in the Lakes.

    After enjoying a hearty breakfast at The Lake House, setting you up for your day on the fells you may be looking to Ambleside for their culinary delights to keep you refuelled, refreshed and relaxed.

    Sharing our top 3 recommendations for lunchtime spots:

    The Apple Pie

    Established in 1975, with fresh breads, cakes and pies baked on site every day, this family run business is the perfect ruck-sack filler for your daily hikes around the Lakes - with a few tasty sweets treats for your weary legs to enjoy!

    Providing gluten, dairy, vegetarian and vegan options.

    Opening daily 9-4pm. Rydal Road, LA22 9AN

    The Rattle Ghyll Cafe

    Tucked away from the main streets of Ambleside, this homely cafe is the perfect hiding place to refuel on hearty homemade soup or salads packed full of tasty seasonal ingredients.

    Everything is vegetarian and lovingly made each day.

    You will also get the chance to view and support local artists crafting their photography, artwork, prints and many other types here in Cumbria. Let’s hope your ruck-sack is big enough to take these goods home!

    Opening daily 10am - 4pm. 2 Bridge Street, LA22 9DU

    Chester by the River

    ‘Best coffee in the Lakes’ with local and visitors alike coming from far and wide for a Chester’s coffee. This riverside cafe is not to be missed by coffee connoisseurs.

    Situated next door to the iconic Skelwith Bridge, this contemporary cafe with riverside decking offers homemade lunches, wood-fired pizza and classic doorstop slices of cake while you enjoy the delightful waterfalls.

    Providing gluten, dairy, vegetarian and vegan options.

    Opening daily from 9am-4pm. Skelwith Bridge, LA22 9NJ

  • Lake House is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Windermere and many agree that these stunning views are part of what makes our guest house special. So far this summer we have had lovely warm weather, and with the lake glistening in the sun, water sports and lakeside activites are all the more tempting! With this in mind we have put together a selection of on-the-water and lakeside activities to give you some ideas of things to do during your stay at Lake House.

    Fancy trying canoeing, sailing, kayaking or even paddleboarding? There are a variety of great places by Windermere Lake where you can book tuition or hire. Windermere Canoe Kayak offers hire and tuition for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. Or if you are interested in giving sailing a go head down to the Low Wood Bay Sailing School where they offer a range of sailing classes, and different types of boats and dinghies you can take out for the day.

    If watersports are a bit extreme for your taste and you prefer to enjoy the beautiful lake views from a dryer, steadier vessel, Windermere Lake Cruises offer a fab selection of cruises all year round. To make it even better, you can get 10% discount tickets for Windermere Lake Cruises here at Lake House. You can board at Waterhead Pier which is just a short walk from our location.  Throughout summer Windermere Lake Cruises also offer a wider variety of trips including evening cruises, and buffet cruises with live music.

    There is much to enjoy on-the-water at Lake Windermere, but finding a perfect spot to sit by the lakeshore and perhaps enjoy a picnic or an ice-cream can be just as enjoyable. You can get delicious locally sourced ice-cream from the Deck at our sister hotel the Regent Hotel, which is again only a short walk from Lake House. When it comes to somewhere to sit, Millerground is a hot spot in Windermere, there is parking nearby and several picturesque stone beaches to sit on next to the millerground jettys.

    If you need ideas on good places to go and nearby activities available when you arrive at Lake House, our staff are more than willing to offer their best tips and advice!

  • 18 May 2018

    Events in Ambleside

    Ambleside is the location of our elegant guest house. A picturesque town in the Lake District based at the head of the Windermere, England’s largest water.

    A bustling community for our guests to explore. Here are our top three picks for the May Bank Holiday and June.

    Live music at the Community Flower Festival
    This event takes place on the second bank holiday and is a celebration of town life. The newly refurbished mural will take centre stage with 20 organisations and charities commemorating their activities with flowers and artefacts. On the 26th of May, Ambleside Rotary Club will be hosting Kendal Big Band who will play swing, dance and vocal arrangements with tickets costing £10.

    Date: 26th May 2018 to 28th May 2018
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Location: St. Mary's Church, Vicarage Road Ambleside, Ambleside, LA22 9DH

    Ambleside 5K Pink Ribbon Walk
    A fundraising walk for families and friends affected by Breast Cancer. This is an easy 5k walk along Under Loughrigg, which sits parallel to the River Rothay, all the way to Pelter Bridge and then back. Along the way, you'll be welcomed by views of Loughrigg fell between the sporadic tree line along the road. A great cause, and open for everyone to get involved.

    Dates: 24th of June 2018
    Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm.
    Location: Start from Ambleside Parish Centre

    Antique Fair
    This small antiques and collectors fair is perfect for those looking to add to their collection or take a look at some fantastic historical pieces. Hosted throughout June, there is no need to worry if you miss this one, there will be another just around the corner

    26th May 2018 to 28th May 2018
    29th June 2018 to 1st July 2018

    Time: 10.00am - 6.00pm
    Location: Kelsick Centre, St Mary's Lane, Ambleside LA22 9DG


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