• 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.

  • February half term is approaching, thinking about making family plans? We thought it was a good time to mention that at Ambleside Townhouse if you buy three of our Superior Rooms, you get the forth for free! Which is just perfect for families looking for a break in the Lake District, don’t you think?

    So if you are thinking about staying but are wondering how to entertain the kids….we have the answers! There are so many fantastic family activities to do in the area, here are a few that we would recommend.

    Brockhole Visitor Centre

    Only a 9 minute drive down the road from Ambleside Townhouse is the Brockhole. This visitor centre has endless entertainment for children and the whole family. You could take on Tree Top Trek, a high ropes course with 35 exciting challenges including aerial obstacles, rope bridges, wobbly logs and a zip wire. There are different Trek’s available suitable for 5 year olds to adults!

    Plus that’s not all, another of the numerous activities available at Brockhole is pony riding. Enjoy a gentle ride around the beautiful grounds, this activity is suitable for anyone aged 2 -70!

    The Predator Experience

    Are you an animal lover? Head to the Predator Experience, it is only a 30 minute drive from Ambleside Townhouse and set in the stunning landscape of the national park - you won’t be disappointed! Activities here are suitable for children aged 4 and above. You could learn how to handle and fly an eagle, or if you’re really brave….meet tarantulas and snakes and learn about biodiversity and how they catch their prey.

    Fell Foot Park

    We appreciate family holidays can be expensive - what’s great about the Lake District is that there is plenty of free family activities to do as well. One great free activity that we would recommend is a trip to Fell Foot Park at the southern tip of Windermere Lake. We are situated near the Northern tip so this is a great day out and opportunity to view the spectacle that is Lake Windermere from another view point.

    The park is very family friendly there is parking on site, it is suitable for pushchairs, has toilets, baby changing, and if you’ve chosen not to bring a packed lunch, there is a restaurant too. The breadth of open space is ideal for fun games like frisbee and rounders, there is even an adventure playground great for kids 2 -12 years. Plus, if you’re a water baby (despite the cold!) there is nothing stopping you paddling, swimming or boating from the Lake shore.

    Whether you have already booked, or are thinking about a stay, call our friendly team for advice or tips on where to go and what to do with family or friends. Many of our guests often feel spoilt for choice as there is just so much to do!

  • It may be cold we’ll admit! But the Lake District still has so much to offer through the winter months. You don’t necessarily need to source a mountaineering guide and crampons to enjoy the outdoors either. Thinking about staying with us? Here are a some of the accessible outdoor excursions enjoyable in the wintery Lake District.

    Stargazing

    Light pollution across the UK means many of us don’t get to see the awe inspiring spectacle that is the stars! The Lake District National Park is a great place to gaze at the night’s sky in all its beauty - the rural location means light pollution is minimised. One popular spot to view the stars is Wasdale Head Car Park, surrounded by mountains and being situated in a valley means it is a great place to gaze on a moonless night. To make it even better, there pub nearby if you need a refreshment!

    Honister Slate Mine

    Honister Slate Mine is located at the head of Honister Pass in the Lake District, and is where the famous Westmorland Green Slate is produced. Honister offer a range of adventure pursuits for adults and children alike, including a variety of underground tours including a historical, ecological tour, perfect for those windy rainy wintery days! Safety helmets and lamps are provided, but you will want to go prepared with warm clothing. You can find out more about Honister here: https://honister.com/

    Tarn Hows

    Snow or no snow, there are some walks in the Lake District that remain very accessible for all ages and fitness levels. Tarn Hows is a short 15 minute drive from Lakes Lodge and offers a short walk that is just over a mile in distance. Situated in the low level hills it more protected from the elements and is a good option for a winter stroll, if needed an all terrain mobility scooter is available at Tarn Hows free of charge.

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