A lively cultural and specialist shopping centre in the Lake District, Ambleside attractions include the Armitt museum, gallery and library with its treasured collection of Beatrix Potter and Kurt Schwitters original artwork. Boat trips on Lake Windermere run year round from Ambleside Pier and outdoor activity centres in the area offer water sports on the Lake, plus walking and rock climbing in the nearby Langdale Valley. The Langdale Rambler 516 bus service is a superb way of getting around for walkers, running regularly between Ambleside centre, west into Langdale and beautiful Dungeon Ghyll via Skelwith Bridge.
William Wordsworth's historic home Rydal Mount and Gardens sits just north of Ambleside, accessible on foot direct from Ambleside centre via a gentle scenic loop walk past the famous stepping stones across the River Rothay. This walk from Ambleside town centre to Rydal Mount was a favourite route with Dorothy Wordsworth. Other fantastic walks around the town include the Wansfell Pike hike which loops south from Ambleside via Stock Ghyll Falls towards Wansfell Pike.
Favourite Lake District walks around Ambleside include the Wansfell Pike loop hike which takes in beauty spots including Stock Ghyll Force (just 10 minutes' walk from Ambleside centre), Wansfell Pike, the Troutbeck Valley and back round past Jenkin's Crag and beautiful rhododendron rich Stagshaw Gardens.
Attractions branching off from this great circular hike south of Ambleside include the National Trust farmhouse Townend and the Brockhole Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. Pubs, inns and cafes along the route feature at Troutbeck and at the lakeside Brockhole Visitor Centre.
The scenic stroll direct from Ambleside north to William Wordworth's historic home Rydal Mount was a favourite walking route between Ambleside and Grasmere with Dorothy Wordsworth. The route stretches up through Rothay Park west of Ambleside centre then follows the path of the River Rothay via Fox How and up towards the famous Stepping Stones over the River Rothay.
These and many other features along the walk to Rydal Mount stroll from Ambleside feature in Dorothy Wordsworth's diary. At Pelter Bridge and Rydal Mount the walk can be made longer by hooking into the Grasmere Loop walk via Dove Cottage and Grasmere centre, around Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake (a favourite walk of William Wordsworth). From Rydal Mount the walk returns to Ambleside centre through Rydal Park via Scandale Bridge.
Alongside Stock Ghyll Falls there are other stunning waterfalls walks west of Ambleside towards the Langdale Pikes like walking around Skelwith Bridge and Skelwith Force the stunning Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall walk direct from the car park near the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel with on-site hikers' bar. The 516 Langdale Rambler bus services runs direct from Ambleside to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel via Skelwith and top fishing lake Elterwater.