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 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.