Skelghyll Woods in Ambleside Cumbria

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


Things to see and do

Waterhead, Ambleside from above

Explore Ambleside 

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

Spring Gardens


Our work

Rangers and volunteers in Fishgarth Orchard

Restoring Fishgarth Orchard 

This Spring we’ve been busy in an unassuming corner of Fishgarth Wood near Ambleside, known as Fishgarth Orchard. The small triangle of overgrown land at the bottom of the wood was sold to the National Trust in 1993 by Dr. Coleville who lives close-by.

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.