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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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I prefer this side rather than Windermere, which I think needs to be cleaned up a little. Feels friendly and plenty of space to walk around. Very easy to get ferry's from here... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

I prefer this side rather than Windermere, which I think needs to be cleaned up a little. Feels friendly and plenty of space to walk around. Very easy to get ferry's from here and plenty of restaurants or ice cream.

Thank maggie_garet
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A really lovely side of the lake .... Lots of shops and pubs and places to eat. We found a nice Italian that was perfect for a light lunch. The park just in town was great as it had a bouncy inflatable slide and a kids crazy putting golf....

Thank nillybum2015
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

There is plenty of activity at Waterhead, with moored boats, boat hire, Visitor Centre and the wharf where various options for cruising Lake Windermere. Food and accommodation and Ambleside are nearby. Hard to miss.

Thank Keith C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

A nice walk from Ambleside (around a mile), this is a nice place to chill, have a drink or enjoy the water sports. Catch the boat from here to Bowness.

Thank msw-ourtrips
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Situated right on Windermere lake - can park up by boat and walk straight into the restaurant for food and drinks. Great to sit outside on a summers day

Thank mikeharpermdh
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

It's also the best location to be central to the 2 main roads in the lakes, taking you towards Keswick or Hawkshead

Thank thelight2
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

A beautiful place to chill out and enjoy nature, yet bustling with tourists, boats and birds. Watch the scene from a waterside cafe, amble to the nearby park to enjoy a more private view or paddle in the water. Hire an electric motorboat, canoe, kayak or row boat - there are very few noisy boats here, thankfully. Walk on one... More 

Thank Irwi
Niort, France
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Ambleside pier is here for lake boat trips and there is a promenade along the lake's edge. A few small shops add interest, including a shop dedicated to dogs, but humans are also allowed in to look round. Bird food can be bought to feed the ducks, also a Shell Shop full of exotic items.

Thank 887bagpuss
Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

We enjoyed strolling along to the Waterhead and and sitting soaking up the views, so relaxing. The weather could have been better, it was not overly warm, and at times overcast, but did not detract from the enjoyment

Thank Elizabeth R
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Much enhanced waterside frontage, with a lot of reconstruction having taken place since the floods of December 2015. Nice seating and a good cafe for eats and ice creams.

Thank Mrs Jackie C

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