Ambleside Travel Guide

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Ambleside Overview

Ambleside is a bustling little tourist village right in the heart of the English lakes. Just a few miles from Windermere, and located on the northern end of the Lake itself.

It may have a claim to being the unofficial 'capital' of the South Lakeland and Keswick its Northern counterpart.

The village is busy year round nowadays, but especially at the weekends and in Summer. When parking on the small streets is almost impossible and the parking spaces in the few car parks in the town are at a premium too.

There is of course a multitude of places to stay from hotels, guesthouses and hostels, with one of the largest YHA hostels in the area located at Waterhead, where you can also catch a boat. The town is also well catered for when it comes to places to eat with an assortment of restaurants, coffee shops and takeaways. Including 'Zefferellis' with a veggie restaurant and cinema and the excellent 'Apple Pie' bakery and coffee shop.

As you would expect from a town situated slap bang in the middle of fell walking country there is a plethora of outdoor pursuits shops and is home to 'Gaynor Sports' a factory outlet mountain sports shop where you can always find a great deal.

Surrounded by beautiful scenery it is a magnet for walkers and day trippers attracted to this pleasant small village and attractions. The village of Grasmere and the lovely Rydal Water are both within a few minutes bus ride from the town. You can also catch a bus to the Langdale Valley

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