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Ambleside Waterhead

Cumbria La22 0Er, Ambleside, England
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Nice for a lake view and a drink.

Catch the ferry from here to Windermere or Lakeside or just simply have a nice relaxing drink/meal... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Wigan, United Kingdom
A bit of everything

Ambleside has everything, good shops, cinema, restaurants, Apple Pie Bakery, a lake and fabulous... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janice H
Burntwood, United Kingdom
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Lake Windermere ends around one mile short of Ambleside at Waterhead, and can come as a shock to boat passengers expecting to be in the town. But don't worry! There is an Electric Bus that take you into the centre of Ambleside. It is well worth the trip. The bus stops next to the world famous; Ambleside Sheepskins. If you decide to pop in to Ambleside Sheepskins, you might be lucky and bump into the odd celebrity or two shopping. Anything Sheepskin can be found in there 2 high street shops, boasting the best selection of sheepskin slippers, sheepskin rugs, cowhide rugs, reindeer skins in the UK. As well as the Local Herdwick Sheepskin rugs. They also offer to post your goods if you can not carry them back home with you. If you walk a further 300 yards up the road you will come across the best deli in the village, Stockghyll Fine Foods, takeaway pies, sandwiches & sweets - highly recommended! For walking and outdoor gear visit Cunninghams around the corner. Cunningham's was established in 1971 by Stewart Cunningham, an Ambleside lad who spent his early years on the fells in the Lake District. He opened the Ambleside store to meet the needs of the many walkers drawn to the Lakes. He has watched the technology evolve over the years from Ventile jackets and canvas rucksacks to the advent of Gore-tex and other fabric technologies. Cunningham's now has six stores across England, Scotland and Wales.
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“waters edge” (6 reviews)
Cumbria La22 0Er, Ambleside, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Catch the ferry from here to Windermere or Lakeside or just simply have a nice relaxing drink/meal in one of the many pubs and watch other people catch the ferry instead.

Thank tripaulevans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ambleside has everything, good shops, cinema, restaurants, Apple Pie Bakery, a lake and fabulous walks in any direction.

Thank Janice H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cold and wet on the day we were there, but been in summer, too. Great view of the Langdale Pike range and obviously you are on the shore of Windermere. Usually quite a few birds and ducks about, especially when there are plenty of tourists...More

Thank J S
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Excellent, friendly staff and a lovely trip across Windermere from Ambleside to Lakeside - spent the whole day on the boats - had a great time, the best place to be on a rainy day!

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Only a short walk from Ambleside town centre, a nice place to relax, look down the length of the lake and watch the cruisers arrive from Windermere. A bit chilly this time of year to sit for long or have an ice cream.

1  Thank ReallyBadHat
Reviewed 20 November 2017

An easy walk down from the centre of Ambleside, Waterhead offers access to the various ferry services across the lake. We took a day return to Windermere, but several other options were available. Parking at the ferry ticket office is very limited, but there’s a...More

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Plenty to do in this particular area,the Ambleside Pier,the several piers where you catch your boat cruises,the nice little cafe and the pub with its fantastic views out onto the Windermere...it got busy here on both occasions we visited so i would imagine it would...More

Thank shane s
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We stayed in Waterhead for a weeks break in October. This trip was our first visit to the Lake District and it offered a great base for the places we wanted to visit. We were very fortunate as were we were staying had lakeside views...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 24 September 2017

My family and I stayed in Ambleside for two weeks and loved every moment of it even though it rained 12 of the 14 days we were there. The lake is so calming and beautiful. Watching the boats and ferries as they moved up and...More

Thank RBell8
Reviewed 16 September 2017

There are better locations than this around the lakes.I would not waste my time going into town as i found it grim and depressing.Grey stone buildings and too many shops selling hiking / walking clothes etc.

Thank flyinghigh1000
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Derek R
18 April 2015|
Response from bash99 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can walk. It is only one mile to Ambleside.