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“A pleasant stop on a walk through to Loughrigg Fell”

Galava Roman Fort Ambleside
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Had never visited this Roman Fort previously and in fact was unaware of its existence until taking a different route back into Ambleside. Although not much to see, the descriptive plaques gave you a good idea of where the various buildings were in this small Roman settlement, especially where the gates and fortifications would have been. Well worth a few minutes stop,

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Go down in the evening when the Fairfield begins to glow, the cattle are having a paddle and the swallows are skimming the water for midges. As always the Romans got the best views.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Hidden away. Look out for a field full of geese and sheep near the shore of the lake. Evocative and oddly moving to think about what life must have been like here two thousand years ago.

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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.

Thank Christine H
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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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