Destination Ambleside This Autumn

Destination Ambleside This Autumn

Ambleside, and the area surrounding it, is a truly stunning, popular and picturesque region in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Close to the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake many smaller bodies of water to be found as well.

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.

For real history buffs, there has been a settlement in Ambleside since pre-Roman times. Galava, a fort located beside Borrans Park, a stones throw from the northern tip of Lake Windermere. They built another fort at the top of Hardknott Pass (England’s steepest road) to be able to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass. The drive over Hardknott Pass is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly with hair pin bends but the views are fantastic over to the rugged Western Lake District fells and Cumbrian coast. Or, how about cycling it?!

Poets, writers and artists such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter were incredibly passionate about the Lake District and in particular, the South Lakes area. The Armitt Museum provides more information about each of these internationally renowned people. Also look out for Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey, now owned and managed by the National Trust. 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.

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