• Balloon Rides near Ambleside



Located at the top end of Lake Windermere, the pretty little town of Ambleside is a picture perfect part of the Lake District for a visit, and of course, for a balloon ride overhead. With its collection of shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation, Ambleside is an increasingly impressive tourist destination.

The closest launch site is Witherslack for flights over the southern part of the Lake District and the shimmering Lake Windermere. Or if you prefer, you can opt for a hot air balloon ride over Ullswater to see the northern part of the Lake District!

Windermere Lake District Weekday Morning Balloon Flights


Let the morning Lake District breeze enliven your day on a balloon flight from Witherslack and Windermere. You also get a champagne toast, 3-4 hour experience, a luxury gift wallet and a personalised flight certificate.

Virgin Balloons 



Windermere Balloon Flight over the Lake District


Watch the changing colours creep across the Lake District on either a morning of evening flight. This glorious 3-4 hour experience with champagne toast, luxury wallet and personalised flight certificate will bring a smile to any face!

Virgin Balloons 



Lake Windermere and Lake District Morning and Evening Balloon Flights


Your choice of flying anytime you like during the week and weekends. This awesome open choice champagne balloon ride comes with a luxury gift wallet, a personalised flight certificate and a 3-4 hour experience enjoying the best of ballooning.

Virgin Balloons 



What you see of Ambleside today is mostly Victorian, though the town can trace its roots back much further as there has been a settlement here since pre-Roman times. When the Romans did amble into town (see what we did there), they built a fort to protect South Lakeland from invasion from the Scots and the Picts; it was also an integral part of the defences for the road to the Roman port at Ravenglass, which had to traverse the jagged and winding Hardknott Pass.

The town has always charmed people, and some of the more famous connections include William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. More information about these people’s relationship with Ambleside can be discovered at The Armitt Museum on Rydal Road.


Ambleside Today:

A visit or stay at Ambleside reveals a relaxed Cumbrian town with plenty to offer locals and tourists alike. maybe take a short stroll from the town centre to the captivating Stock Ghyll Force – a 70 foot waterfall that tumbles down through atmospheric woodland. You will be able to capture the beauty of the falls from the safety of a railed viewing platform, so be sure to take your camera.

While you’re at it, be sure to take your camera for a quintessential Lake District shot – that of the 17th century Bridge House that sits astride Stock Ghyll Beck – a National Trust property that is one of the most photographed scenes in the whole of Lakeland!

For another take on Ambleside, maybe head to Hayes Garden World. Boasting an impressive range of plants, flowers and aquatic life, this all weather attraction is a gentle way to while away a few hours – either before or after your balloon ride(!). Alternatively take to the streets of this lovely town and see what you can unearth on a stroll from fell to lakeside.

If a weekend break, or longer stay in the Lake District is part of the travel plans, then SYKES HOLIDAY COTTAGES is a company that knows the Lakes inside-out. With over 25 years experience holiday letting in the area and extensive local knowledge, Skyes Cottage Holidays will find a great holiday cottage in the Lake District for you.

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