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Time to stretch your legs

Ambleside is home to countless walks of varying abilities, allowing everyone to take in the iconic views of The Lake District. 

An exciting way to explore Ambleside can be found at the Skelghyll woods. The scenic woodland leads you to the top of Jenkin Crag. Once at the top there is a simply spectacular viewpoint, allowing you to take in the breath-taking views of the Lake District, including Langdales, Kirkstone pass, Fairfield Horeshoe and Windermere.

Skelghyll woods near Ambleside

Another exciting way to discover Ambleside’s woodlands is by following the Ambleside Champion Tree Trail, where you will see some of the tallest trees in England. Only a 10-minute walk from the town, the dramatic woodland is home to the tallest Grand Fir in England! Information boards throughout the trail will allow you to learn about the trees and the wildlife that the woodlands are home to.

Looking for a slightly longer walk to take in the iconic Lake District views? Why not walk to Skelwith Bridge from Ambleside and take in the stunning view of Loughrigg Tarn. This walk is perfect for those looking to explore the Lake District at a comfortable pace, with a number of peaceful and tranquil spots where you can stop to take in the scenery.

Loughrigg Tarn

The mountain walk to Wansfell Pike allows you to take in the sites of Ambleside from a different point of view, above. This walk is steep, but stone pitched, making it an exciting walk for those looking to challenge themselves. On the way to the Pike, you will find Stockghyll Force, a spectacular 70-foot waterfall, a tributary of the River Rothay. From a safely railed viewpoint, you can take in the views of the waterfall before continuing to explore. Perfect for a photo opportunity!

Stockghyll Force

More picturesque views of Ambleside and Windermere can be discovered at Todd’s Crag through Fishgarths woods. The short walk through the woods follows a winding path, surrounded by nature and wildlife, and after completing a short climb to Todd’s Crag you will be rewarded with a stunning view of Windermere and beyond. For a longer walk, you can continue to Lily Tarn, another viewpoint, before descending to Clappersgate and the river Brathay.

Ready to try something new?

There are more ways to take in the breath-taking views of Windermere than just by foot. Why not hit the water to soak up even more scenery? Whether you want to challenge yourself with a kayak or canoe or let someone else take the wheel on a Windermere Lake cruise, taking advantage of the lake is an excellent way to see the sites and admire the view.

Cruise on Windermere

Ambleside also provides great opportunities for cyclists, whether you have your own bike or rent one from a local store. The western coast of Windermere is particularly good for cycling, with a lake shore track all the way to Wray Castle

A short 20-minute drive finds you at Grizedale Forest, a beautiful woodland with countless activities and even more walking trails! Why not take to the trees with Go Ape, with a number of fun activities designed to challenge and thrill you. Or explore the woodland from the ground, with their forest Segway safaris. There is also the option to hire a mountain bike, allowing you to follow the trails and try out new routes. 

Why not learn more about the historical sites of Ambleside?

Unsurprisingly, the picturesque location of Ambleside is home to a number of historical and heritage sites that are definitely worth a visit on your staycation.

In a short 20-minute walk you could be learning about the Ambleside Roman Fort on the shores of Windermere. Also close by is Stagshaw Garden, a charming woodland garden bursting with life and full of colour. 

Slightly further afield, you will find Wray castle. The gothic revival castle overlooks Windermere, providing panoramic views for you to enjoy. From Ambleside, Wray Castle can be the destination of a scenic 4 hour walk or a quick 10-minute car journey.  

Wray Castle

Looking for somewhere to stay?

After taking in the magnificent views that Ambleside has to offer, why not kick off your muddy boots and quench your thirst with a pint of local ale from one of The Inn Collection Group’s high quality, contemporary inns.

The Ambleside Inn sits in the heart of Ambleside, making it the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure. With high quality food and drinks served all day every day, this inn is always ready to provide a warm welcome after a long day of exploring.

If you fancy a night away from the hustle and bustle of Ambleside town centre, make your way down to Windermere and you will find The Wateredge Inn and The Waterhead Inn, both providing the perfect opportunity to put your feet up after a long day. With delicious country cuisine and cosy bedrooms, these inns are an excellent place to stay when at The Lake District and offer simply unparalleled lake views.

By staying with The Inn Collection Group, you could also take a delicious packed lunch with you on your walk, allowing the perfect opportunity to enjoy a refuel with a view!

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