History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
One would never guess from looking at its pleasant aspect today that Ambleside's past was partly industrial. Charcoal, used in the smelting of iron ore in Furness and west Cumbria, was made here. Timber for the bobbin mills was another product of the area. Machine tool manufacture, quarrying, and mining were all part of the picture. Local slate and stone are still used for buildings.
Lake Windermere presents an inviting aspect. Explore it by hiring your own rowboat or go on a launch trip from Waterhead, one mile south of Ambleside. Stroll the walkway along the friendly harbour, home to ducks and swans. Landscaped gardens and park benches add to the ambience.
Other interesting events in the area are the sheepdog trials that take place in Rydal Park on the second Thursday in August, and, on the first Monday in August, fell runners come out in full force to compete. Indeed, fell walking, not running, is a popular year round pastime. The poet Wordsworth and his sister used to walk into Ambleside from Grasmere to get their mail. When Wordsworth was Distributor of Stamps for Westmoreland (1813), he had his office in Ambleside. Both rock and mountain climbing are popular attractions.
Winter or summer, busy or quiet, Ambleside charms. Whichever way you turn, the beauty of the Lake District surrounds you.
Address: Ambleside, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Wray Castle - 0.7 miles (Historic House)
Stagshaw Garden - 0.8 miles (Garden)
Ambleside Roman Fort - 0.9 miles (Roman Site)
Brockhole Gardens - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Skelwith Force - 2 miles (Countryside)
Stock Ghyll Force - 2.1 miles (Countryside)
Townend - 2.3 miles (Historic House)
Hawkshead Old Courthouse - 2.3 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Ambleside:
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 0844 225 0544