Things to see and do in Ambleside

Relax and reflect as you stroll along lakeshore paths, feast your eyes on awesome views on lofty peaks or go on a mini-beast hunt in the woodlands. There’s something to suit everyone, all you really need is a sense of adventure... and a pair of sturdy boots.

A viewing bench at Stagshaw Gardens

Escape to Stagshaw Garden 

Just a short walk from Ambleside you’ll find Stagshaw Garden, an informal woodland garden which in the spring and summer bursts into life with an absolute blaze of colour and wonderful scents.

Bridge House in Ambleside

Bridge House - a 17th century survivor 

Come and visit this tiny house, built on a bridge over a beck in bustling Ambleside. This quaint little building was once home to a family of eight. Come and see if you can figure out how they all fit in.

The starter post of the tree trail walk

Ambleside Champion Tree Trail

Search for the tallest tree in Cumbria as you follow this circular walk through the woods.

A woman sitting at Orrest Head during the sunset

Lunch with a view 

If you fancy an outdoor feast in lofty surroundings or an easily accessible lakeside park with perfect picnic spots and the option to paddle on a warm day, our walks around Ambleside offer both.

Ambleside Roman Fort from above

Discover a Roman Fort 

Dating back to the 1st Century, there's plenty of history to uncover at the Roman Fort in Ambleside. Find out more about the beginnings and purpose of the fort and imagine a bustling community on your visit to the remains on the shore of Lake Windermere.