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Ambleside Waterhead

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Address: Cumbria La22 0Er, Ambleside, England

Lake Windermere ends around one mile short of Ambleside at Waterhead, and...

Lake Windermere ends around one mile short of Ambleside at Waterhead, and can come as a shock to boat passengers expecting to be in the town.

But don't worry!

There is an Electric Bus that take you into the centre of Ambleside. It is well worth the trip.

The bus stops next to the world famous; Ambleside Sheepskins. If you decide to pop in to Ambleside Sheepskins, you might be lucky and bump into the odd celebrity or two shopping. Anything Sheepskin can be found in there 2 high street shops, boasting the best selection of sheepskin slippers, sheepskin rugs, cowhide rugs, reindeer skins in the UK. As well as the Local Herdwick Sheepskin rugs. They also offer to post your goods if you can not carry them back home with you.

If you walk a further 300 yards up the road you will come across the best deli in the village, Stockghyll Fine Foods, takeaway pies, sandwiches & sweets - highly recommended!

For walking and outdoor gear visit Cunninghams around the corner.

Cunningham's was established in 1971 by Stewart Cunningham, an Ambleside lad who spent his early years on the fells in the Lake District.  He opened the Ambleside store to meet the needs of the many walkers drawn to the Lakes.  He has watched the technology evolve over the years from Ventile jackets and canvas rucksacks to the advent of Gore-tex and other fabric technologies.

Cunningham's now has six stores across England, Scotland and Wales.

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A very pleasant area and particularly scenic view of the lake

This is a very pleasant area and particularly scenic view of the lake, though we missed the photogenic wooden boats this time. The one mile walk to and from the boat and Ambleside... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very pleasant area and particularly scenic view of the lake, though we missed the photogenic wooden boats this time. The one mile walk to and from the boat and Ambleside is an easy and lovely stroll, for people of all ages and families with buggies etc.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went early January and it wasn't too cold. The clouds changed during our stay but it was still beautiful the entire time. Stunning view. Really is.

Thank fernk3
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We got the boat over from Bowness to Ambleside. Was worth braving the cold wind sat on the top deck. The views were spectacular. When we got off there was a choice of getting a shuttle bus (£2 for adults) or walking the 1 mile into Ambleside town. We chose to walk as it was a lovely sunny day and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We don't normally visit this part of Ambleside, as it's approximately a mile from the town centre and away from the main fells / mountains. However, if you're arriving by boat from Bowness - and the ferries were running even in January - then this is a scenic little area with a couple of eating / drinking options. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing and picturesque little place. Loads of cafe bars and restaurants. Will definitely go back with my hubby.

Thank Tessa F
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a very nice place to visit not as hectic as Bowness .Good for short walks and access to the many ferry and pleasure cruises that meander the length of Windermere. You just need to be aware that parking on the main car park is controlled by cameras ,read the notices.

Thank engineers2016
Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

On a cold and frosty afternoon there is a welcoming fire and reception from the staff. It was lovely sitting in the warm and looking out at the view across the lake, watching the boats come in to Ambleside from Windermere.

Thank Judith W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I love to watch the boats coming and leaving the pier quietly at sunset, nicely cutting the quiet surface of the lake. When the board was gone, the lake looked like a large mirror reflecting the boats stationed there. It was just like a painting of a master you can find in a museum. Just lovely!

Thank Viet T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Went for an afternoon look round before walking to Ambleside .Parked in the 'Park with ease carpark' After a pleasant few hours in Ambleside came back and the machine in the carpark was not working properly. I now find that I have been double charged for parking. If this is how they behave to there customers who must bring in... More 

Thank peearnoman
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We walked into Ambleside from our hotel we did not stay to long basically around the block no real shops to interest us and very busy,we much prefer Keswick.

Thank steve p

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