A woman sitting at Orrest Head during the sunset

Important notice -

Bridge House is closed today (Thursday 18 July). We hope to re-open again tomorrow.

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

More about this place

A view of the local area near Silverthwaite, Ambleside, Cumbria

Things to see and do in Ambleside 

Snap the charmingly small Bridge House, take a walk in Stagshaw Garden or Skelghyll Woods, and picnic on the shores of Lake Windermere.

A woman sitting at Orrest Head during the sunset

Great Walks around Ambleside and Windermere 

Choose one of our gentle rambles through a Lake District woodland or challenge yourself to a hike taking in the dramatic Cumbria countryside.


Our work

Four National Trust Rangers in the Lake District

How we're taking care of this special place 

See how our team of rangers work hard to look after vast amounts of diverse Lake District landscape.

Volunteers at Ambleside Roman Fort

Romans by the Rivers 

Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, today it's a beautiful spot, steeped in history and perfect for a picnic by the lakeshore.