Why go to Ambleside?
For a great central location.
Ambleside, located at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, is a major transport hub for boats, buses and cars (but beware those heavily congested roads in summer). It is home to huge range of hotels (see my Ambleside hotels page), plus it boasts shopping, dining and a host of attractions on the doorstep.
Get your boots on
Character wise, Ambleside feels like more of a walker’s town. The abundance of outdoors shops and places selling OS maps lends a slightly serious air to the place. So pull on your Gore-Tex jacket and break out the Kendal mint cake. If you like your trip more active, then make this place your walker-friendly base.