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“Roman ruins”

Galava Roman Fort Ambleside
Reviewed 18 January 2014

Pleasant to walk around and imagine the Roman soldiers posted to this beautiful but,at times, freezing part of the Empire.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Ambleside has had settlement since before Roman times, but today this small town has both medieval and victorian feel. The Romans thought to have valued its location and as a result they built a stone fortification known as Galava, which housed a garrison of about 500 soldiers. This fort was largely a stone structure at which the romans excelled and was built by the Emperor Trajan around 100AD replacing an even older timber structure built in 79AD. You must see in the town centre: St Mary's Church with its 180foot high spire constructed in 1854. The church holds a ''rushbearing'' ceremony every July dating back to the medieval times when ''rushes'' were used a floor covering. Wordsworth who worked as ''stamps distributor'' had an office here and knew Ambleside well; concerned with the Lake District conservation he even wrote a sonnet imploring '' Is then no nook of English ground secure from rash assault?'' referring to the expansion of the railways and its effect on mass tourism. Nevertheless, Ambleside has its fair share of shops, hotels and restaurants providing a draw for visitors from all over the world. The most photographed stone-house on the bridge ''Old Bridge House'' built as a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall (now demolished) was taken over by the National Trust - once used as their information centre, now lay empty and abandoned. The ''Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall'' - bit of a walk uphill from the town centre is not to be missed - this natural secenery has been popular since the victorian times. As you walk uphill you will see old wooden buildings or watertmills either disused or converted into ''hotel/inn'' blending in with new residential bungalows alongside. You can't leave without visiting the Ambleside Sheepskin Shop situated in the town centre, selling 100 per cent local pure sheep wool accessories.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We stumbled across this quite by accident whilst on our way to our favourite walk on Loughrigg Fell. It sits right on the shores of Windermere in between the Steamer station and the town itself and I can imagine why the Romans picked such a choice spot. There is quite a lot to see although the walls are no more. You can make out the layout of the buildings and catch a fascinating glimpse of what Roman life would have been like back in the day. It's a pity that the Cumbrian Tourist Board don't make more of this attraction as it will appeal to anyone with any interest in ancient or local history.

Thank Donna A
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

If you are interested in history and the presence of the Romans in this country ,this is an interesting visit to make. It was obviously an important base and makes a comfortable stroll from town. A nice contrast with the higher fell walks from Ambleside which are so enjoyable.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

If you are staying or stopping in Ambleside, and have any interest in history, then take a few minutes out of your day and have a look around. The fort is not well signposted, but it is in a grassy area just off the road close to the North end of Windermere.

All that is left of the fort are some stone foundations in a field, but with a little imagination they do give you a good idea of the scale of the place and there are some signs giving a little detail of what the different buildings were used for.

So don't expect hours of entertainment, but rather an interesting stop-off that is a short walk from the town center. Entry is free, naturally. If it is wet, expect a bit of mud. There may be cows roaming around the field, so keep an eye on young children.

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