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Ambleside Waterhead

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Address: Cumbria La22 0Er, Ambleside, England

Lake Windermere ends around one mile short of Ambleside at Waterhead, and...

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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Old world charm

Despite the fact that Ambleside is a major destination for visitors to the Lake District it has still retained its feeling of old world charm. An abundance of outdoor wear shops... read more

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the fact that Ambleside is a major destination for visitors to the Lake District it has still retained its feeling of old world charm. An abundance of outdoor wear shops as well as those that can be associated with a vibrant hub in a locale such as this are present. There are plentiful restaurants as well as two excellent... More 

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Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a stunning place to visit the views are so amazing all around,we was very lucky because the weather was lovely.I think the lakes are one of the best places in England to visit.

Thank englandadventure57
Halesowen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favourite spots to relax beside Windermere after a day of walking. Cream tea in one of the cafes is always welcome too.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place , plenty of restaurants , pubs, hotels, Some good walks .easy to reach the lake where there were boats To Windermere.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved that area so much! Everything around there pubs, restaurants,shops, stunning views We loved the Shell shop!!! The Lakeside restaurant-much cheaper than others, the food and beer so good and the views omg!!! It was hard to leave and go back to London. 100%recommend for everybody!!!!

Thank jonee78
Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice spot to catch a boat trip or simply sit and watch the boats on the lake from a lovely choice of cafes etc. The pier staff all helpful and friendly

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in the Waterhead area for a week, and thoroughly enjoyed taking walks along the water and around the lake. Definitely a "must visit" spot if in the Ambleside area!

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South Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely two hour trip,with dog,on board a hired motor boat down to Bowness.Really enjoyed our two hours on board our little boat....helpful staff on pier .Well worth the money as the boat hire the highlight of the day with marvellous views and lots of laughs avoiding the rest of the lake traffic!!!

Thank S O
Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A spur of the moment decision to hire a self-drive motorised boat saw us spending a lovely hour pootling about. £33 for the hour (with a refundable £30 deposit) was, we felt, quite reasonable. Staff very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank Lesley B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Ambleside has very good walks around the lake and up the mountains. Several excellent restaurants are available e.g. The Priest Hole and also Tarantella.

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