If you are a regular here on my blog, you will know that I have been looking into a few places here in the UK that I would like to visit in the near future. So far, I have Liverpool, Wales and Woolacombe on my list. Today, I am adding the lovely town of Ambleside.
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria in the North West of England. It’s within the Lake District National Park and is at the head of Windermere – England’s largest water. I have never been to the Lake District but have heard so many wonderful things. I’ve heard that it is the perfect place to go to get away from the stresses and strains of life and to truly relax. An opportunity to take in the beautiful sites of the British countryside and breathe in some much needed fresh air.
As with my other posts about places to visit in the UK, I’m going to take a look at some of the places to stay and the things to do when visiting in and around Ambleside.
I don’t know about you, but when I am away from home travelling, I always like to stay somewhere that is cosy and comfortable. A home from home, so to speak. Whilst hotels and B&B’s are nice if you want to avoid making your own bed, or having some food cooked for you, I prefer to unpack and make myself right at home. Ambleside Cottages are ideal for this and for me, would be the perfect place to call home for a few nights.
I love to be able to come and go as I please and leave some clothes lying around if I feel like it. You are on holiday after all, and when travelling as a family, space is so important. Staying in self-catering accommodation is crucial to us as a family as not only will the Little Man get a decent night’s sleep in his own room, but it also means we can relax with a drink and a film at the end of an exciting day exploring. Of course, everybody is different and others may prefer a different scenario, but this is my personal and ideal preference.
Beatrix Potter Lakeland Tour
Beatrix Potter was a huge part of many a childhood and how can you possibly visit the Lake District without taking in some of the touristy Beatrix Potter sites?
The Beatrix Potter Lakeland tour gives visitors the opportunity to visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations. The 4.5-hour tour begins with a scenic Lake Windermere cruise. After plenty of opportunities to take photos whilst on deck, you hop on a minibus and travel through the stunning countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the children’s author lived during the early 1900s. Here you can take a look around the rooms and the gardens and see them as they would have been back it the day.
The tour ends with a visit to the village of Hawkshead where poet William Wordsworth went to school. It sounds like the most idyllic way to spend a day.
Whilst there may be Go Ape! parks all over the country, I can’t think of anywhere that would be more breathtaking than zooming down a zip wire in the middle of the Lake District.
Situated in Grizedale Forest, Go Ape! offers an “unrivalled day out with four unparalleled experiences to let loose on”. These include a mix of high rope crossings and massive zip wires.
Those of us with children needn’t be put off either. Go Ape! offer Tree Top Junior for the younger members of the family. Suitable for all children over 1m/3ft 3″ tall, Tree Top Junior is a “jam-packed hour of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale”.
Lake Windermere Ferry
If the Beatrix Potter tour didn’t take your fancy but you still fancied a trip on Lake Windermere, then worry not. There are several ferry cruises that you can book on to. It doesn’t matter whether you start your view in Ambleside or Lakeside Pier, any one of the cruises will guarantee you stunning views of mountain scenery, wooded islands, and secluded bays.
Jenkins Crag Walk
If you are feeling a little energetic and fancy a good old walk whilst you are visiting Ambleside, one of the best things you can do is the Jenkin Crag Walk.
The walk begins in Ambleside and explores an ancient woodland that sits above the lake and the town, before reaching the delightful viewpoint above Jenkin Crag.
There are various routes that can be taken and the walk will take anywhere between 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the route taken. It’s a stepped woodland path that is rocky in places and is suitable for dogs, children aged 4 and above as well as babies and toddlers in carriers. You could even take a picnic to have en route if you so choose.
So you can see that Ambleside has a lot to offer. Whether it’s for a short weekend away or a long week, either is a surefire way to breathe some fresh air into your lungs and give you some sights to behold along the way. I’ve certainly added it to my list of places to go, how about you?
Have you been to Ambleside or the Lake District before? Perhaps you can recommend some other things to do whilst visiting? Let me know in the comments below, I love to hear from you.
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