When you’re staying in Windermere, you’ll be in the heart of the Lake District. As such exploring the South Lakes is all part of your holiday experience. Ambleside for example is a mere 10 minute drive away, just over 4 miles along the A591. If you fancy taking in the scenery along the way, then leave the car behind and use public transport. After all, it’s only 15 minutes by train and you can sit back and relax… thinking of all things to do in Ambleside when you arrive.
Things to do in Ambleside
Given Ambleside is so close to Windermere, another way to arrive in style is by the Lakes themselves. It’s one of the most chilled ways to enjoy the region. You can start the day with breakfast at your Windermere Cottage, before ending it by soaking in your private hot tub.
When it comes to things to do in Ambleside while you’re out and about, your day could be longer than you first expected! Enjoy long walks across the Lake District, as Rydal and Grasmere valleys provide amazing views from Loughrigg and Wansfell. Other nearby valleys include Great Langdale, which famously has mountain ranges are far as the eyes can see.
Then up in the mountains is one of the highest pubs in England. Situated at 1500ft above sea level you can drink a beer at the Kirkstone Pass Inn. Even if you don’t want to climb the mountain, there are always other public houses to enjoy a pint. Alternatively, you could always book yourself on a brewery tour in Ambleside. Barngates Brewery will happily show you around, which can be found at the Drunken Duck.
As for other nightlife in Ambleside, Zefirellis provide entertainment in the form of live jazz or take in a film at the nearby cinema. As for things to do in Ambleside during the day, then Hayes Garden World is much more than just a retail centre. For example keep an eye out for BBQ courses, ideal if you’re looking tips on what to cook back at your Windermere Cottage! If you’re meeting up with friends or family with children, then there’s the enchanted Fairy & Dragon World.
There’s also the annual Ambleside Sports event that attracts tourists from across the country. Taking place every July, you can watch traditional sports such a Cumberland Wrestling. If you’re thinking of joining in, then Ambleside Sports welcomes runners to take to the fells with its cross country events.
Visit the Armitt Museum and find out all about Ambleside’s history, including famous residents such as John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.
Where to stay near Ambleside
Rose Cottage in Windermere is only a 15 minute drive from Ambleside.Luxury cottages in the Lake District with hot tubs don’t come much more special than this one. Facilities include a relaxation room, open plan kitchen diner, lounge and patio area leading to that all important outdoor hot tub.