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.
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.