Situated on the north eastern shore of Lake Windermere, Ambleside and neighbouring Grasmere are a destination of choice for every visitor to the Lakes. The small town of Ambleside has much to recommend it including the many pubs and restaurants, shops and cafes. Worthy of particular note are Zefferellis Restaurant and Cinema. Also of note, and an iconic picture postcard attraction is Bridge House – the tiny dwelling that spans Stone Beck. A little further afield, at Near Sawrey, is Hill Top House, the Lake District home of Beatrix Potter the author of Tales of Peter Rabbit and many other children’s stories.

In nearby Grasmere the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are well worth a visit. You should also visit the studio of the celebrated Lakes artist Heaton Cooper. A gentle stroll around Rydal Water will put you in the mood for some local treats from Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

Annual events in area include the Rushbearing Festival which takes place in early July. Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show is held on the August Bank Holiday Sunday. You can take part in the Guides Fell Race, or simply just watch the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.