At the north end of Lake Windermere lies the lovely Ambleside. You can access this village by taking steamers from the south end of the Lake or from the towns of Windermere and Bowness. There is not rail traffic towards this village, and if you are planning to drive there, do remember that parking is scarce and expensive.
This picturesque town has homes built with the local slate from the nearby mines. This gives the village a look of total harmony. The most interesting home is the house on the bridge. Local folklore claims that it was built there to avoid taxes, but in actuality it is was the summerhouse of Ambleside Hall, and is the only surviving structure of the hall. Today it is the information centre of the National Trust.
University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is also located here and specialises in teacher training, leisure and outdoor studies. William Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount is also nearby.
For the thirsty, there are over ten pubs located in the small radius of this town. Since tourism is one of the main aspects of this place, these pubs are well-used not only by the visitors but also by the students of the University of Cumbria.
There are regular demonstrations at the glass making factory in the town. They also sell many of their well-known products at the shop next to the factory.
The adventurous can also visit the nearby ruins of an old Roman Fort known as Galava.
There are many shops here, and also hotels and guest houses. Since this is a popular haunt of walkers and trekkers, there many shops which specialise in selling gear for walkers and climbers.