Ambleside is mainly Victorian and has been around since before the Romans built a settlement near Borrans Park, Galava was built to house around 500 soldiers to defend the surrounding hills and fells from the Picts & Scots and also to protect the main road to the Roman port of Ravenglass which is known as Hardknott Pass where there are more Roman ruins.

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Village: Ambleside

OS grid ref: NY375037

Coordinates: 54° 25′ 30.72″ N, 2° 57′ 45.36″ W

Nearest lake/tarn: Lake Windermere, Rydal Water

Nearest mountain/fell: Wansfell, Fairfield, Loughrigg Fell


Ambleside is served by road via the A591 from Windermere since the mid 1800’s the village expanded further as boats were able to transport goods and people to Waterhead Piers from Bowness and Lakeside.

The village today is a busy tourist area, it’s the gateway to the Northern Lakes.

Things of interest

The bridge house in Ambleside built over Stock Beck in the centre of the village.


Located at the Northern end of Lake Windermere surrounded by high fells such as Wansfell from where a magnificant view of the Southern Lakes can be seen, on a clear day Morecombe Bay is visible.


Ambleside has a population of just under 3,000

Accommodation near Ambleside

Freshfields | Wanslea | Kirkstone Foot | Cote How | Bridge House Hotel | The Melrose | Haven Cottage | Far Nook

Main Tourist Towns

Windermere Bowness on Windermere Ambleside Coniston Hawkshead Keswick

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