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Family fun and adventure in the heart of the English Lake District

The bustling Lake District villages of Windermere and Ambleside are situated around lake Windermere, England’s longest lake. With fells, woodland, parks, the quirky little Bridge House and a Roman fort on offer, this part of the Lake District is great for families looking for fun in the great outdoors.

For those interested in an adventure on foot there’s plenty of choice, with something to suit even the littlest legs. One of our favourites is the short walk from Ambleside to Stagshaw Gardens which, in the spring and summer, bursts into life with a blaze of colour and scent. Alternatively, venture into one of our ancient woodlands and discover some of the country’s tallest trees and a habitat teeming with wildlife and mini-beasts.

Our lakeshore parks offer access to the water and are brilliant for a picnic and a bit of a paddle. The lake itself is ripe for exploration, it has no fewer than 18 islands and is home to the Lake District’s largest population of Goldeneye Ducks.

Green woodwork

Spend a day in the woods

Spend a day in the woods

Recharge your batteries and craft something beautiful out of green wood using traditional techniques in the peaceful St Catherine's woodland.

Sky Rides

Children enjoying a cycle ride

If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Sky Rides from Ambleside are ideal.

At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills on route, rides take in plenty of sights along the way.

Join in: 

1 Nov - The Langdale Trail

8 Nov - The Grasmere Trail

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Follow our rangers

Our ranger teams are always busy keeping the Lake District countryside special, visit their blogs to find out what they're up to:

News and views from the Footpath Ranger team

Tales from the Valley Rangers

The Footprint

Have you been to the Footprint in Windermere?

It’s our straw-bale building in St Catherine’s woodland. You can join in outdoor activities there this winter or hire it for your own private use.