Ambleside is a very popular and picturesque town situated at the heart of the Lake District National Park, close to the shores of Lake Windermere, which is England’s largest lake.
The town itself has become a major tourist resort and one of the most popular bases for exploring the Lake District with an array of excellent shops, restaurants, plus a great choice of places to stay.
Ambleside is mostly a Victorian town, although there has been a settlement there since pre-Roman times. Galava, a fort located beside Borrans Park was built by the Romans and was used to house around 500 soldiers. The fort was built to defend the lower fells of South Lakeland from invasion by the Picts and Scots, and also to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass which is accessible from Hard Knott Pass just a few miles away from AMbleside.
Many well known characters have been connected with this region including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. The Armitt Museum provides more information about each of these famous characters and just 4 miles away visitors will be able to experience the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. There’s also Rydal Mount in Rydal which was the home of the Wordsworth family from 1813 and Dove Cottage in Grasmere, which is where William Wordsworth wrote most of his greatest poetry.
Waterhead pier is only a mile south of Ambleside town centre and this ferry terminal allows visitors to experience scenic ferry trips on Lake Windermere. The ferries run regularly throughout the day between Waterhead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside at Newby Bridge.
A car isn’t always required and a great walk is up to Stock Ghyll Force, a highly picturesque waterfall, which can be reached through Stock Ghyll Woods. This spectacular seventy foot drop to a bowl shaped pool can be viewed safely from a hand railed vantage point. The ghyll once powered twelve watermills and the scenery around Stock Ghyll is truly magnificent.
For B&B accommodation with private off road car parking and a warm and friendly welcome Rothay Garth on Rothay Road is a good choice. Family and dog friendly rooms and delicious breakfasts. Visit http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk for more details.