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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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We were blessed with glorious sunny weather, arrived via a cruise from Bowness. Refreshments available on the waters edge and plenty of seating to sit and take in the view. A 1... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathryn J
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were blessed with glorious sunny weather, arrived via a cruise from Bowness. Refreshments available on the waters edge and plenty of seating to sit and take in the view. A 1 mile walk into Ambleside

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Dodworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to see the lake from the water, crew had a good knowledge of the area and gave a good commentary on both trips back and forth. Being march it was pretty chilly on the top deck so we decided to go inside on the way back, comfy and warm.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a boat tour from Bowness to Ambleside. The open top boat provided superb views of the lakes. Wrap up warm during the winter months or pop down stairs under cover. You can also get a warm drink on the way. There are plenty of eateries at waterhead or you can walk a mile / catch a bus into... More 

Thank Catherine A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a very pleasant area and particularly scenic view of the lake, though we missed the photogenic wooden boats this time. The one mile walk to and from the boat and Ambleside is an easy and lovely stroll, for people of all ages and families with buggies etc.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went early January and it wasn't too cold. The clouds changed during our stay but it was still beautiful the entire time. Stunning view. Really is.

Thank fernk3
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We got the boat over from Bowness to Ambleside. Was worth braving the cold wind sat on the top deck. The views were spectacular. When we got off there was a choice of getting a shuttle bus (£2 for adults) or walking the 1 mile into Ambleside town. We chose to walk as it was a lovely sunny day and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We don't normally visit this part of Ambleside, as it's approximately a mile from the town centre and away from the main fells / mountains. However, if you're arriving by boat from Bowness - and the ferries were running even in January - then this is a scenic little area with a couple of eating / drinking options. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Amazing and picturesque little place. Loads of cafe bars and restaurants. Will definitely go back with my hubby.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a very nice place to visit not as hectic as Bowness .Good for short walks and access to the many ferry and pleasure cruises that meander the length of Windermere. You just need to be aware that parking on the main car park is controlled by cameras ,read the notices.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

On a cold and frosty afternoon there is a welcoming fire and reception from the staff. It was lovely sitting in the warm and looking out at the view across the lake, watching the boats come in to Ambleside from Windermere.

Thank Judith W

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