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Places to Visit in Ambleside

5 Places to Visit in Ambleside

There are many places to visit in Ambleside, from indoor climbing to fine dining restaurants. What’s more, it’s only a short drive away from your Windermere spa hotel. As such when you’ve finished a day out in Ambleside, you’ll be soaking in that hot tub in no time.

Ambleside Climbing Wall

If you fancy some mountain climbing but want something to ease you in first, then beginners can try their luck on the Ambleside Climbing Wall. Likewise, at the other end of the scale, you may be after places to visit in Ambleside to improve your skills.

Just because you’ve climbed the highest mountains in the Lake District, that doesn’t mean you’ve conquered the world. So from beginners to experts, you’ll be in good hands when you head to the Ambleside Climbing wall.

Ambleside Roman Fort

One of the more intriguing places to visit in Ambleside is the Roman Fort. To the untrained eye, the remains are fairly unassuming. However, they date back as far as the 1st or 2nd century. As such playing a historical part of the Lake Districts link to the Roman province of Britannia.

The English Heritage Site is open all year round and isn’t far to travel from your Windemere Spa Hotel. So even if you only stop off for a quick look, it’s still a worthy place to visit in Ambleside. What’s more is it’s free entry, as well as surrounded by the wonderful countryside.

Kirkstone Pass Inn

As the 3rd highest pub in England, the views from Kirkstone Pass Inn are incredible. After the long hike, a cold beer or glass of wine is just what’s needed. If you’re staying at a Windermere spa hotel because you’re on a detox, then you can always sneak a gin into your slimline tonic. Alternatively, there’s no reason why you can’t ask for an orange juice with your pub lunch.

Old Stamp House

If however, it’s something more substantial you’re wishing to eat, try the Old Stamp House. It’s one of Ambleside’s most popular fine dining restaurants. Although tables are hard to come by, so make sure you reserve a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Mountain Goat Tour

Alternatively, if you want to see it all book a Mountain Goat Tour. Although don’t expect to be riding on our four-legged friends! The Mountain Goat Tour is available from Ambleside, or you can join one closer to your Windermere spa hotel. Their summer tours run from outside the key holiday season.

There are tours of the Lakes available from the end of March through to late October. All of which focus largely on the beautiful Lakeside countryside. You may be within a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere while staying at a Windermere spa hotel, but there’s plenty more to see.

Tours include short trips in and around Ambleside to the 10 lakes spectacular. So whether your searching for places to visit in Ambleside itself, or further afield, then book a tour in advance.

Where to stay in Ambleside

Book a spa suite at Aphrodites Lodge. You will be within a 15-minute drive from many places to visit in Ambleside.

Best Bars in Windermere

Best bars in Windermere, Lake District

Best bars in Windermere, Lake District

While staying in the Lake District, visit some of the best bars in Windermere. You may be relaxing in a Windermere spa suite, enjoying a healthy spa weekend, but you still deserve a night out. If you can pull yourself away from your Windermere hot tub, take a walk to one of these bars in Windermere.

The New Hall Inn

Let us start at not only one of the best bars in Windermere, but also the oldest. The Hole in’t Wall (also known as the New Hall Inn) was built in 1612. Still going strong over 400 years later, the Bowness pub continues to prove a popular drinking establishment.

Brookside Inn

Claiming its place as one of the best bars in Windermere is a newcomer by comparison. In fact, by any standards, the Brookside is a relatively new edition to pubs in Windermere.

The Crafty Baa

Part bar, part restaurant and deli, the Crafty Baa is a great little hangout. Whether it be a lunchtime coffee or a late night cocktail. Pull up a bar stool and enjoy the diverse atmosphere.

Royal Oak Inn

As well as only a short walk from our Windermere spa suites, the Royal Oak Inn is an ideal location for Windermere Lake Cruises. The ferry terminal is within sight as you sip upon your favourite local ale.

Wild Boar Inn

Although slightly off the beaten track, the onsite microbrewery makes the Wild Boar up there as one of the best bars in Windermere. Not only that, but the atmosphere provides that authentic country pub feel. After all, their award-winning smokehouse is ideal to sample some of the local produce.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn

To the West of Windermere, you will find the Cuckoo Brow Inn. Another of the long-standing bars in Windermere, serving travellers since 1700.

The Mason Arms

A quiet local pub in Cartmell Fell, popular for some amazing views. There’s plenty of local ale on offer too, along with an impressive gin collection.

The Angel Inn

City centre pubs don’t have to be owned by big corporations. Nor do they have to be hidden away in the backstreets. The Angel Inn is in a prime location in the city centre, making it a perfect place to call in for a spot of pub grub.

Book a Spa Suite at Aphrodite’s Lodge

If you still fancy a late night tipple, then there’s always the mini-bar. So whether it be a glass of whisky or cracking open the champagne, why not take a late night dip in the hot tub. Windermere spa suites at Aphrodite’s Lodge offer taste of luxury in the Lake District.

Walking in the Western Lake District

Walking in the Western Lake District

Walking in the Western Lake District

While staying near Lake Windermere, how about walking in the Western Lake District? The coast of the Lake District can be easily reached from across the country. So you can always make it your first stop en route to your Windermere Spa Hotel.

Alternatively, you can make a day of it while on a romantic weekend break in the Lake District. The Cumbrian Coast Line trains will take you on a scenic route. Either way, walking in the Western Lake District is a wonderful location.

Walking in the Western Lake District

As with many places to visit in the Lake District, putting on your walking shoes is a must. So once you’ve tied your shoelaces, its time to go walking in the Western Lake District.

If you’re catching the train, there’s a nice straightforward walk from Ravenglass to Muncaster Castle. The castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Lake District. So a great way to enjoy both a walk and a slice of Lake District’s history.

When you’ve already ventured out on long walks close to your Windermere Spa Hotel, you’ll no doubt be after another challenge. After all, you can always reward yourself with a long soak in your private hot tub. So why not start this walk in the Western Lake District from Silecroft Station. You can head towards Black Combe from Silecroft for a much longer walk. It’s one where you’ll be rewarded by a fantastic insight into the Lake District, with views out to the Irish Sea.

Whether it’s a long hike or a short stroll, Miles Without Stiles is a great initiative for planning where to go out. Routes include Ravenglass and a return to Eskdale Railway Station. The area has also benefited from being regenerated through the Boot Riverside Access Project.

Guided Walks in Western Lake District

If you’d rather let someone else plan your walking route, then join a guided tour. Ask for more details from reception at your Windermere Spa Hotel. However, like many walks, the chances are you will meet your guide at Eskdale.

There’s the Esk Estuary Escapade, proving Windermere Lake Cruises aren’t the only boats worth sailing on in the Lakes! Elsewhere there’s the Steam to the Hills, combining both the “Ratty” steam railway with a nice walk. It’s been a popular route ever since writer Arthur Wainwright, wrote the book “Walks from the Ratty”.

Where to stay near Western Lake District

Stay in the heart of the Lake District at Aphrodites Lodge. Where you can relax in your private hot tub, or make the most of the onsite spa facilities.

Feel free to leave your car at the Windermere Spa Hotel, take the train and enjoy the ride. You can just sit back and take in the amazing views of the Lake District countryside. It’s a worthwhile day out from the comforts of your Windermere Spa Hotel.