Beauty all around. The charming town of Ambleside sits in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, and is located towards the head of the largest, most beautiful lake in England: Windermere. You’ll be able to spend some time at the lake sailing, admiring the views and generally making the most of this blissful outdoor location.
The Lake District lends itself perfectly for hiking, horse riding, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and mountain walking. Windermere Watersports Centre and Brockholes Family Activity Centre offer some of the very best activities.
Remember to pack your golf clubs, there are plenty of courses to play.
If you’re looking to continue indulging your love of the natural world, visit the Holehird Gardens, a mile from Windermere. The centrepiece is the Walled Garden, while the Upper Garden occupies the entire width of the gardens and delights visitors with its rhododendron and magnolia beds. For some history head across the lake to Wray Castle to explore the impressive castle and grounds.
One of the region’s great local attractions is the World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness-on-Windermere. Take this self-guided tour and see the creations of the much-loved children’s author and illustrator come to life.
Continue your cultural tourism with a visit to Rydal Mount, which you’ll find 1.5 miles north-west of Ambleside and just past Grasmere. This was the family home of the late poet William Wordsworth from 1813 up until his death in 1850 and he spent more time here than at his more famous residence, Dove Cottage. However, if you do want to call in at Dove Cottage, the good news is, it’s only 10 minutes away by car from Ambleside in the village of Grasmere.