• 08 September 2020

    An Ambleside Winter Evening

    You have spent all day out exploring in the fells – what to do now you ask yourself? Let us at Ambleside Townhouse plan a relaxing evening for you that ensures you visit all the best local spots.
    • Stop Number 1
    First on our list for you is The Golden Rule – located on Smithy Brow this classic tavern serves a wide range of local ales. Staying true to their traditional roots has made this pub one of the most well establishment public houses in the area.
    • Stop Number 2
    Moving on from the Golden Rule, you might want to pop into The Flying Fleece. The historic mill building has recently been refurbished and the interiors have been designed to create a relaxing and cozy atmosphere that retains that recognizable traditional British pub feel. It also has the bonus of live music on certain evenings!
    • Stop Number 3
    Heading back towards Ambleside Townhouse you will find The Royal Oak just tucked back from Lake Road. This is a great local pub with an extensive choice of drinks and food. With both outdoor and indoor seating, you’re in the perfect place to watch the world go by!
    • Final Stop
    One for the road? Just down from The Royal Oak and within a stones throw from the Townhouse you will find The Lily Bar. This family run business is a favorite with both locals and visitors. It has a great selection of local cask ales, delicious wines, hearty food and unique atmosphere, The Lily bar in Ambleside will be sure to be the best way to end your night.

  • 05 February 2020

    Spring/Summer 2020



    With rooms from only £81.00 B&B, revel in the wonderful fresh air of the Lake District this Spring. Watch the Daffodils sway in the breeze and the fluffy baby Lambs dance in the fields. It's one of our most favourite times of the year. Check the website for availability here


    April 2020 marks 250 years since the birth of William Wordsworth – discover far more than just ‘a host of golden daffodils’ with exhibitions at Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage and Allen Bank, plus events all over Cumbria.

    This year Easter is 10th-13th April – don’t delay & book your stay before you miss out! There is plenty going on in the Lakes around Easter-time, and with daffodils galore, it’s a perfect place to channel your inner-Wordsworth and celebrate the long weekend.

    May Bank Holiday

    May Bank holiday is Friday 8th May this year – to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.
    Bagpipers playing the traditional Battle’s O’er at the top of the 4 highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, Mount Snowdon in Wales, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

    Other dates to note are:-

    Lakeland Festival of Light – 2nd May

    Keswick Mountain Festival – 15-7th May

    Windermere Marathon – 17th May

    Great North Swim – 5th – 7th June

    Fred Whitton – 6th June

    Triathlon X – 4th July

    Lakeland 100 – 24th July


    With plenty of activities to keep you entertained over Spring & Summer, book now and join us for your perfect Staycation!

  • Here at Ambleside Townhouse we know that many of our guests visit to explore and embrace the great outdoors, whether it be on the water, walking, climbing or cycling. We are proud to be able to offer great facilities for cyclists. When you stay with us we can securely lock your bikes away, and offer washing facilities so you can clean your bike off after a hard day out on the Lakeland trails!

    There is such a fantastic selection of mountain bike rides out there it can sometimes be difficult to see the wood from the trees! To help out we have put together a collection of some local favourites...

    Ullswater Singletrack - Medium/Hard

    This fantastic route offers stunning views of Ullswater before taking you off the beaten track to absorb the sights of the Lake District with not a soul in sight, as far and the eye can see! The ride features possibly one of the best singletracks the Lake District has to offer along the east side of Ullswater. For some of you the 8 mile distance may seem a little short, but do not be fooled! The climbs and lakeland tech on this ride ensures you will be working hard. Find out more and download the route here: http://bit.do/eQAet

    Loughrigg Fell - Medium

    This route can be started right from our front door! A great all weather loop, Loughrigg Fell is fab because there are so many different routes you can take to suit different abilities and the distance you want to ride. The route we have identified is just shy of 20 miles, so a fair distance but the terrain is mostly manageable with plenty of gravel tracks. It includes a decent to Skelwith Bridge before leading onto Elterwater which meets up with Loughrigg terrace to complete the route. Find out more and download the route here: http://bit.do/eQAwV

    Grizedale Forest - Easy/Medium

    Grizedale Forest is a great place for mountain biking, and ideal if you’re with family or a mixed ability group. The different trails are well signposted and there is a variety of routes for different abilities. Blue is the easiest category, these trails consist of flowing descents and moderate climbs. Red is more challenging, steeper climbs and more technical descents, while black trails are the most difficult and are only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Find our more about Grizedale Forest here: http://bit.do/eQAEq

  • All year round there is plenty to do and explore in the Lake District. When is comes to national holidays like Easter there are even more events and activities on the table, how do you choose? To help you see the wood from the trees as it were, we have listed a few events happening over the easter break that we think are certainly worth a look…

    Brown Robin Nature Reserve Spring Walk

    If your passion, and reason for visiting the Lake District this Easter is nature, during your stay with us take a day trip to Grange-Over-Sands. On April 14th, Tony Saunders who is the Honorary Reserve Manager is hosting a guided two mile walk to see the first birds returning to the reserve, including potential sightings of the rare Hawfinch. Interested? Visit: https://bit.ly/2Yyv8u8

    Quiz Night at The Sticklebarn

    Or if you prefer a good knees up after a long day walking on the fells we’d strongly recommend heading to The Sticklebarn quiz night in the stunning Langdale Valley, the pub is just a short 7mile scenic drive from us here in Ambleside. The quiz is £1 per person to enter and the winning team takes home the kitty. This event is also on April 14th, from 8pm. Go to: https://bit.ly/2V54syH for more details.

    A host of Daffodils Guided Walk

    Are you a fan of William Wordsworth? Then this guided walk on April 19th is not to be missed! The event starts at the picturesque location of Ullswater Information Centre in Glenridding, a 30 minute drive from Ambleside. Walk goers will start by taking the steam train from Glenridding to the famed Aira Force waterfalls and the site of Wordsworth’s golden daffodils. Then the group will take the beautiful, easy level, 3.7mile walk back. Visit: https://bit.ly/2U6YjWz for more information.

    Greenburn Valley and Helm Crag Guided Walk

    If you’re interested in challenging more difficult walking routes, sign up for the guided walk through Greenburn Valley and onto Helm Crag. This is a great walk that starts in Grasmere, just a 4.7 mile drive from Ambleside. The route boasts spectacular views and you will even pass the famous ‘Lion and the Lamb’ rocks before descending back into Grasmere. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2YAt1FW

  • As well as hosting the most exceptionally stunning landscapes the UK had to offer, The Lake District also has some fascinating history. To satisfy your curiosity here are a few of our favourite historic facts...

    George Washington’s gran is buried here

    Mildred Gale was the paternal grandmother of the first American President, George Washington. Mildren is buried in St Nicholas Church, Whitehaven. Following the death of George Washington’s grandfather, her first husband, Mildred remarried a Whitehaven local and moved to the town.

    Beatrix Potter was an award-winning sheep farmer

    Famously known for being the creator and author of the beloved Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter can also be accredited for saving the local breed of sheep, Herdwick. Following her purchase of Hill Top Farm in the 1920’s she bought a large farm in Troutbeck. Formerly a deer park, Beatrix restored the land with thousands of sheep and established herself as one of the most respected Herdwick sheep farmers in the country.

    There are four stone circles

    Stone circles are ancient, fascinating monuments. Castlerigg stone circle is one of the most famous dramatically situated monuments as it is surrounded by mountains. It's one of Britain's earliest stone circles, estimated at 5,000 years old, and has been officially protected since the late 18th Century.

    Cockpit stone circle is above Ullswater on Moor Divock which is covered in various prehistoric monuments. The Cockpit is one of the most impressive and like all stone circles its purpose is unknown. Swinside stone circle dates from the Neolithic period and interestingly the entrance lines up with the midwinter sunset.

    Finally at Burnmoor there are five stone circles, all high up on a moorland that date from about 2000 BC. There are other stone banks and cairns nearby which are thought to be more recent. The site is big, covering one square mile!

    We have the best preserved Roman Fort in the UK

    Hardknott in the Eskdale Valley is a small 3-acre fort that was founded under the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century. The remains include a bath house, headquarters building and commandant's house.This dramatic fort was demilitarised in the 130s when the Romans returned to Scotland, and since the 3rd Century it has been abandoned.

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