Ambleside from Loughrigg

Ambleside from Loughrigg


Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Historically within the county of Westmorland, it is situated at the head of Windermere, England's largest water. The town is within the Lake District National Park. There is a great deal to enjoy in this jewel nestled in such a magnificent setting.

Steamers' (in reality diesel-powered ferries) run to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside offering fine views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Ambleside is a base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has a number of hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants as well as shops. In particular, there are a number of shops selling equipment for walkers and climbers in the town. Ambleside is a popular starting point for the Fairfield horseshoe, a hillwalking ridge hike. Ambleside is also home to the headquarters of Brathay Exploration Group, a youth charity based just beyond Clappersgate on the road to Hawkshead.


The town's name is derived from the Old Norse "Á-mel-sǽtr" which literally translates as "river – sandbank – summer pasture". To the south of Ambleside is the Roman fort of Galava, dating from AD 79. In 1650 the town was granted a charter to hold a market. In the reign of James II, another charter was granted for the town to collect tolls. The town's Market Place became the commercial centre for agriculture and the wool trade.

The old packhorse trail between Ambleside and Grasmere was the main route between the two towns before the new turnpike road was completed in 1770. Smithy Brow at the end of the trail was where pack ponies were re-shod after their journey. With the coming of the turnpikes, the packhorse trains were superseded by horse-drawn stagecoaches, which regularly travelled between Keswick and Kendal via Ambleside.

William Wordsworth worked in Ambleside, as Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland, from 1813, while living at Rydal Mount in the nearby village of Rydal. This government position induced Shelley to write a sonnet of mild reprimand, To Wordsworth, but it gave Wordsworth the financial security to pursue his poetry. In 1842, he became the Poet Laureate and resigned his office as Stamp Distributor.

Ambleside & District Golf Club was founded in 1903 (the club disappeared in the late 1950s.). The Armitt Library and Museum, which provides a source of local history with a collection which represents many local artists and writers, was opened in 1912 in memory of Sophia and Mary Louisa Armitt. The German artist Kurt Schwitters lived in Ambleside for two years until his death in 1947. He had been interned in the Isle of Man during World War II after moving to England to escape the Nazis. The railway engineer Edward Bury and his wife Priscilla Susan Bury lived at Ambleside.

Bridge House was built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago, probably as a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall. It was purchased by local people in 1926 and given to the National Trust. Listed Grade I, the building is now used as an information centre for the National Trust, and is part of the Trust's Windermere and Troutbeck property.

The Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria, formerly St. Martin's College and Charlotte Mason College, is at the northern end of the town; courses held at the campus include Conservation, Forestry, and Outdoor Studies. On 1 December 2009, it was announced that the Ambleside campus would be 'mothballed' at the end of July 2010, and would no longer take new undergraduate students. The closure was in the face of fierce opposition from the Ambleside students, the townspeople, and support pledged from Tim Farron, MP for the campus and its students. In July 2011, the university announced a plan to reopen the campus and increase student numbers at the Ambleside campus beginning in 2014. In September 2014, the newly refurbished campus was reopened to welcome students on courses ideally situated in this setting in the heart of the Lake District.

St Mary's Church. A shared Church of England and Methodist church. Before the 17th century the dead of Ambleside were buried at St Martin's Church, Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside then gained the right to its own registers and had a chapel dedicated to St Anne. This was too small to accommodate the enlarged Anglican congregations as tourism developed following the opening of the Kendal and Windermere Railway in 1847. St Mary's Church was built in the 1850s to a design by George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style. Notable features include: the stone spire, an unusual feature in Westmorland churches, the mural depicting rushbearing (a ceremony which is held on the first Saturday in July). The mural was created during the Second World War when the Royal College of Art was based in Ambleside.

The vicar of Ambleside, Henry Adamson Thompson, is depicted on the right hand side of the mural. Both he and his only son, Henry Lionel Francess Thompson — who was killed in WW2 — are buried in close proximity to each other in the church's cemetery. Other notable burials are Annie, Sophia and Mary Louisa Armitt.

The Catholic Church of Mater Amabilis is on Wansfell Road, part of the Ambleside one-way system. Until September 2013 it was part of the Combined Parish of Ambleside and Grasmere; but upon the retirement of Rev Fr David Duanne (the Parish Priest) it joined with the Parish of St Herbert's Windermere, with the parish priest Rev Fr Kevan Dorgan of Windermere moving into the adjoining house in Ambleside and services in Grasmere discontinuing.

Ambleside has many pubs for its size: there are some ten pubs and bars within a quarter-mile radius. They are supported by the tourist industry, so essential to the town, as well as the student population associated with the University of Cumbria.

Waterhead Pier, about one mile south of Ambleside centre, is the departure point for ferries on Windermere. Services run year round connecting Waterhead to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside. In the area there are several hotels, cafes and boat hire establishments, and the YHA youth hostel. The town maintains one of the busiest volunteer mountain rescue teams in Great Britain: The Langdale & Ambleside MRT.

Stagshaw Gardens

Stagshaw Gardens

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

Weird and wonderful woodland. Venture into the weird and wonderful world of Skelghyll Woods. This ancient woodland is home to many impressive and interesting trees including the tallest in Cumbria. Come and explore this enchanting habitat teeming with wildlife and mini-beasts and enjoy the views from Jenkyn’s Crag. Bridge House. 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.

Walk in Roman footsteps. Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, Ambleside Roman Fort once housed a cohort of 500 fierce infantrymen charged with protecting a mountaintop road connecting Ambleside and Penrith.

Lunch with a view. If you fancy an outdoor feast in lofty surroundings then Post Knott is where you should head. A great little walk from Bowness it's well worth the uphill effort, offering magnificent 360-degree views of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. The eastern shore of lake Windermere has several easily accessible parks which are perfect for a picnic and a paddle on a warm day. Jenkyn's Field is a short walk from the pier at Waterhead and further down the lake in Bowness are Millerground and Cockshott Point.

Take to the waters. Whether you fancy a kayak, canoe or a good old-fashioned rowing boat, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lake Windermere. And with 18 islands to explore, you're sure to find something new each time you take to the water.

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. The rambling paths and unusual combination of shrubs, trees and plants give this garden an enchanted feel, with a different delight around each corner. Created by Cubby Acland, a former National Trust land agent in 1957, the garden has an outstanding collection of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, as well as many other unusual trees and plants.

There are more than 300 shrubs set among the large native oak trees, and carpets of native daffodils and bluebells in the spring. Look out for the Painters’ Palette as you wander. Here Cubby planted an array of different camellias to represent an artist’s palette, complete with a small thumb hole! Despite its proximity to Ambleside and the main A591, Stagshaw is a quiet place where you can sit in peace and enjoy views out to the lake and mountains beyond – a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle below. There is a small car park just off the A591 at Waterhead, sign-posted Stagshaw Garden. Use LA22 0HE for Satnav.

Ambleside Roman Fort.

A far cry from the peaceful setting it is now, Ambleside Roman Fort was once a bustling, lively place and not always a safe one. During the Roman army’s conquest of Northern Britain, towards the end of the 1st century AD, a small timber fort was built at the northern tip of Windermere to house a garrison of 200 men. This early fort was soon abandoned, but the site was reoccupied early in the 2nd century AD.

This second fort was built in stone on a raised platform which is still visible. It was larger to house a cohort of 500 auxiliary infantrymen. The fort remained in use until the 4th century AD, with a large civilian settlement developing on its north and east sides. The fort visible today dates from the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (AD117-138). Ambleside lay at the centre of a network of forts in and around the mountainous Lake District. Their purpose was to ensure order, support Roman administration and protect local communication routes.

The fort at Ambleside was linked with the fort at Ravenglass, on the west coast, by a road which utilised the mountainous Wrynose and Hardknott passes. Ambleside was also linked to the fort at Brougham by means of High Street, a high level route across the Ullswater fells. At various times, divers in Windermere have reported the discovery of heavy stonework close to the fort, suggesting the existence of a jetty. Almost certainly, the Romans would have used the lake for the transportation of soldiers and supplies.

Near the fort, remains of a civilian settlement have been found. Most Roman forts attracted traders, shopkeepers and craftsmen, as well as families and friends of serving soldiers. Small scale excavations suggest there were timber buildings over a wide area to the north and east of the fort, indicating that this was where the civilian settlement or ‘vicus’ was located. As well as shops and living accommodation, there would have been a bathhouse, temples to the gods and even bars and take-away food shops.

“Killed by the enemy inside the fort”. This is the inscription on the headstone of Flavius Romanus, a record clerk at Ambleside fort around 1,800 years ago. Found in 1962, about 400 metres east of the fort, it suggests an ongoing struggle to maintain law and order in the area. Archaeological excavations between 1913 and 1920 revealed the remains of the fort’s defences and parts of the internal building arrangement. Today you can see the remains of the main gate, the south gate, the commanding officer’s house, the headquarters building and the granaries.

If you’re looking for a nice peaceful spot to eat your lunch away from the crowds of Ambleside, then this is where you should head. The bustle of the crowd falls away as you wander across the fort site towards the head of the Lake. Ambleside Roman Fort is open every day, year round. So next time you’re in Ambleside, walk along to the fort and check it out for yourself. National Trust Guide. The closest car park is at Waterhead, use: LA22 0ES for Satnav. On foot, turn right out of Waterhead car park and cross over the road. With the lake on your left follow the path through Borrans Park until you reach the gate for Ambleside Roman Fort.

Bridge House.

Today, Bridge House stands over Stock Beck in the middle of Ambleside as a quirky reminder of Ambleside’s past; it is a 17th-century survivor. Thousands of visitors come every year to see it and have their picture taken but few actually know much of its varied past. The growth of old Ambleside is associated with a succession of families dating back to the early 14th century. The Braithwaites were an incredibly influential family and originally built Bridge House to access their lands on the other side of Stock Beck and also to store apples from their orchards, which surrounded Bridge House.

It’s pretty spectacular that Bridge House has survived throughout the centuries as Ambleside has changed and developed around it. Its survival could be down to its many practical uses over the decades which include being used as a counting house for the mills of Rattle Ghyll, a tea-room, a weaving shop, a cobbler's, a chair maker's and, at one time, a home to a family of eight!

In 1858, Harriet Martineau wrote in her popular Guide to the English Lake District: "the odd little grey dwelling ... is the ancient house which is considered the most curious relic in Ambleside of the olden time. "The view of the hill and rocky channel of the Stock ... is the one which every artist sketches as he passes by." This statement holds true today, as thousands of tourists pass by eagerly snapping their version of this picturesque building of yesteryear. Furthermore, the list of artists who have painted Bridge House reads like a Who’s Who of the art world.

It was in the 1920s that the residents of Ambleside recognised that Bridge House was in need of repair and they began fundraising. This small group of residents showed tremendous foresight in securing not only the safety of this monument, but also the aesthetics of the area. It was a great display of public action and conservation. By the end of the project, a grand total of £1,244 11s 10d had been spent on Bridge House, securing its future.

Today Bridge House has become an icon for Ambleside and the Lakes as a whole. So if you’re in Ambleside, why not wander down to Stock Beck and have a look at Ambleside’s most curious relic? The closest parking is at Rydal Road car park (not NT, charges apply). Use LA22 9AY for Satnav. On foot, turn right out of the car park, Bridge House is situated on the right, just a very short walk along the pavement.

Ambleside Champion Tree Trail.

The Champion Tree Trail is a 45-minute circular route through Skelghyll Woods. Just follow the tree symbols along the way and discover some of the tallest trees in England. This trail links nicely with the 'Explore from Waterhead' which takes you to Stagshaw Gardens and around Skelghyll Woods. Classified as Easy, the walk is less than a mile and it is dog-friendly.

When standing in the car park for Stagshaw Gardens look up hill and you will see a metal sign saying ‘Skelghyll Woods’. At this sign take the right hand footpath into the woods. As the name implies, this walk will lead you through some of the tallest trees in Cumbria and England. It’s almost like walking through a grove in British Columbia! Follow the route as it passes the first of three picnic benches, and joins a historic track which is wide and gentle as it passes through conifers that were planted by Victorian plant hunters.

The huge variety of conifer trees means there are thousands of cones on the woodland floor in all shapes and sizes. Conifer cones just happen to be a favourite snack for red squirrels so keep your eyes peeled for our furry little friends as you go. See how many different shapes and colours of cones you can find. Shortly after passing through a gap cut into a fallen tree you should turn left to begin a steep climb through the ‘gallery of giants'. The trees will keep you mesmerised at any time of year, but visit in spring and you’ll be rewarded with carpets of wildflowers, such as bluebells and wood sorrel.

If you don’t have the energy to walk up this steep hill there is a picnic bench here where you can admire champion trees with ease. Otherwise continue up hill, looking at the trees as you go. There are three picnic benches along the route. They are already becoming a favourite place to sit and relax, especially for the rangers! After a short trek you will be in amongst the tallest Wellingtonia and Douglas Fir trees in Cumbria and the tallest Grand Fir in England. Their heights are written on plaques attached to the trees. Half way up the hill turn right to follow a narrow path onto a wide rocky outcrop. If you turn around and look, you can see the tallest tree in its entirety, a rare and awe-inspiring sight.

From here stay on the outcrop but meander up hill to re-join the path as it gently curves up and left passing another picnic bench, sited on a flat piece of ground called a ‘charcoal hearth’ that coppice craftsmen will have used when making charcoal. Pass through another gap in a fallen tree and follow the gentle curve up and right weaving between trees in a conifer grove, each with unique colours and patterns on their bark. On joining a level path, turn left and follow this until you reach a junction with a larger path weaving down through the wood. Follow this wide track down hill, keeping left as you go, past a beautiful bubbling beck. After what should feel like no time at all you will find yourself back in the car park where you started, and hopefully with enough time to explore Stagshaw Gardens.

Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell.

A discovery walk from Ambleside to Troutbeck along tracks and lanes through woods and fields. This is a much longer walk and is classified as Moderate. At nearly six miles long it will take about four to five hours to navigate.

From the Market Cross in Ambleside, follow the A591 towards Windermere, out of the town along Lake Road and take the Old Lake Road on the left. After a big car park there is a small road to the left, signposted to 'Jenkins Crag, Skelghyll and Troutbeck (bridleway)'. Follow the signposts on this path through Skelghyll woods, past Jenkins Crag, where you can make a short detour to admire the view. Follow the path through the woods to High Skelghyll farm.

The National Trust have been clearing trees to open up the fantastic viewpoint at Jenkins Crag. Go across the farmyard at High Skelghyll, following the signposted footpath. At the crossing of paths at High Skelghyll, follow the public bridleway to Troutbeck. This path turns left just across the bridge, through a gate, and goes uphill. At the end of this path, cross the stile onto Robin Lane. Follow the gravelled track that is Robin Lane, past the pillar, to Troutbeck Post Office. The Post Office is a Victorian building and was built as the Village Institute. It once was home to a Reading, Assembly and Billiards Room. The post office and village shop are still very much the centre of Troutbeck, and provide invaluable services to the local community.

From the post office you can visit Townend. Turn right and follow the road. Townend is on the right, at the road junction. The Browne family lived at Townend for more than 400 years. The were a well-to-do farming family, and their house tells the stories of their social climbing, love of traditions and education. For the return leg of the walk, return to the Post Office, and continue on the road into Troutbeck village. Between two houses, near the Mortal Man Inn, is a footpath, on the left, up Nanny Lane to Wansfell. The names of the roads and the pubs have a story to tell in themselves.

The gravelled track steadily climbs. Take the footpath to the left, and proceed uphill to reach the summit of Wansfell Pike, with superb views over Ambleside and the surrounding fells. From the summit take the steep path down to Ambleside, until you meet the road. From the top of Wansfell you have great views over Windermere, Ambleside and the Kirkstone Pass. Turn left on the road. Take the road marked 'Styrigg' on the left, and follow the footpath back to the centre of Ambleside.

Detour: Stock Ghyll Force. Just before you reach Styrigg road, there is an entrance on the right to Stock Ghyll Force. This magnificent waterfall is worth a visit. A great place if you've brought a flask and a snack.

Common Wood

Common Wood

Ambleside Common Wood Walk

Common Wood overlooks busy Windermere yet is a tranquil place where a variety of wildlife can be spotted by a casual stroll through the moss-covered oak trees. A beautiful one and a half miles, classified as Easy, this walk should take about one hour. It is described as dog friendly. This is a short walk but involves an uphill climb from the railway station. The reward of course is an excellent view over the lake on your return at the end of the walk. The ground may be uneven in places so watch out for moss-covered tree roots hidden within the long grass.

Walk out of the car park at Windermere railway station. On your left you will see the Tourist Information Centre. To your right (and on the opposite side of the road) is the Windermere Hotel. You need to cross over to that side of the road. Immediately to the right of the Windermere Hotel is a walled field. Walk along to the end of this field, where you will see a large gate and a permitted footpath sign labelled Common Wood and Orrest Head. Pass through this gate (taking care to close it afterwards) and walk up the dirt and stone path.

Keep the dry stone wall to your left, and pass through another gate. After a short but steep climb you will be able to see Common Wood ahead of you. The entrance to the wood is marked by a gate with a green circular permitted path sign on it. Pass through this and through an 'archway' made from holly trees. Continue straight along this path, until you get to a stone wall and another 'Permitted Footpath' sign. At this point turn right, towards Common Lane.

Shortly after this you will have to descend through a gap in another stone wall. Further down the hill you will start to see piles of branches to the sides of the path. This isn't us being lazy - these are for creating wildlife habitats. Littered across the eastern side of the wood, these unassuming piles of brash are an ideal home for bugs and creepy-crawlies of all sizes. Leaving these, and larger logs, to break down in the woods increases the breadth and diversity of wildlife here.

Cross over two wooden bridges as you follow the path around. The path will lead you to a kissing gate. The long wooden fence that you can see to the left of the field is part of a conservation project to protect native crayfish living in the beck. The beck was fenced off and water pumps installed, so that cattle would not trample in the beck whilst drinking water. Don't go through the gate... our route takes us back 21 yards (20m) and up the hill to the right of the farm gate. Look closely - the path is not very obvious at first glance. Stand on the wooden footbridge over the beck and gaze at the gentle ripples as it passes over rounded rocks. If you're super lucky, a native crayfish might scuttle between the rocks beneath you, looking for shelter.

Continue up the hill keeping to the left when the path forks. Eventually you will come out on the path where you entered the wood. Turn left to exit. As you stroll uphill from the beck towards the oaks, you will come across an opening in the tree canopy where hazel has been flourishing in the sunny woodland edge. Here volunteers have been helping to sustain these by cutting them down to let them re-grow again, this is called coppicing.

As you walk back towards Windermere, you will be rewarded with a view that overlooks most of the lake and the village itself. To your right you will see the hills of the Ambleside Horseshoe and Wansfell. Save those for another day and head down to Windermere for a well-earned cup of tea and some home-made cake at one of the many cafés. As you stroll uphill from the beck towards the oaks, you will come across an opening in the tree canopy where hazel has been flourishing in the sunny woodland edge. Here volunteers have been helping to sustain these by cutting them down to let them.

Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk.

A short but steep climb taking you up to a variety of spectacular views of Windermere and the stunning central fells of the Lake District, with plenty of resting places and potential picnic sites. Steep in places but is mostly on roads and surfaced paths until the final descent into Bowness. For disabled access, parking on Biskey Howe Road at step 4 allows access to both Biskey Howe and the carriageway, though you will have to retrace your route. Classified as Moderate this is a one hour, on and a half mile dog friendly walk.

Follow Lake Road approximately 200 metres through Bowness uphill towards Windermere village. Turn right up Helm Road keeping The Angel Inn to your right. Just beyond the Hydro Hotel, a steep path (steps) leads off to the left ascending to the view point on Biskey Howe. Benches and an interpretation of the view are available. Take a breather at Biskey Howe and admire the lovely views up Windermere lake to the central fells. The toposcope board explains what you are looking at. See what you can spot.

Leave by the disabled track at the back of the viewpoint and cross the road through gates marked 'Deloraine'. Cross another road and follow the sign 'Permitted Path Post Knott', bearing right through a gate with a National Trust omega sign. Follow the Carriageway to the end and take in the view. Then drop back to the gate on to Post Knott and climb to summit for more views. You are following an old route from the Hydro Hotel to Post Knott, once used by those taking the waters. There are plenty of stone benches for resting and conversation along the way. It was also designed to take the carriages of the more seriously ill.

At this point you can either retrace your steps and then go on to step 7 or you can proceed along the path behind Post Knott through a kissing gate and on to Brantfell to enjoy 360 degree views before returning to Post Knott. The path to Brantfell requires a little more effort, but the extra height leads to even grander 360 degree views. Where the path crosses with another signed Dales Way, turn left and descend through the field to Brantfell Road and down to Bowness village.

Grasmere is one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It gives its name to the village of Grasmere, famously associated with the poet William Wordsworth, which lies immediately to the north of the lake. The lake is 1680 yards (1540 m) long and 700 yards (640 m) wide, covering an area of 0.24 mi² (0.62 km²). It has a maximum depth of 70 feet (21m) and an elevation above sea level of 208 feet (62 m). The lake is both fed and drained by the River Rothay, which flows through the village before entering the lake, and then exits downstream into nearby Rydal Water, beyond which it continues into Windermere.

The waters of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust. The waters are navigable, with private boats allowed and rowing boats for hire, but powered boats are prohibited. The lake contains a single island, known as The Island. In 2017 this island was bequeathed to the National Trust. This gift has particular significance to the National Trust, as the organisation was founded in response to the sale of the same island to a private bidder in 1893. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley felt that such a location should instead be in public ownership, and soon afterwards started the National Trust with Octavia Hill and Robert Hunter.


There is a small car park at Stagshaw Garden with room for 8 cars. There are toilets at Ambleside Roman Fort and Stagshaw Gardens as well as toilets at Waterhead car park. For Cockshott point there are toilets at Glebe car park. For Post Knott and Bridge House there are various town centre toilets. Toilets also at Millerground car park. Dogs are welcome; due to animals grazing please keep your dog on a lead and take any mess home with you. There are various refreshment outlets and cafes in Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere. Pubs - in the nearby villages of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere. There is an information centre at Bridge House.

Tall tree trail at Skeghyll Woods is ideal for families. Learning - facilities and events at Footprint. School groups are welcome by prior arrangement. Suitable learning for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. They offer a range of cross-curricular learning sessions that get to the heart of sustainability and the environment.

Grounds - the terrain is varied across the property. Much of Stagshaw Garden & Skelghyll Woods are steep and rugged with some steps. Most of Stagshaw Garden & Skelghyll Woods are not suitable for wheelchairs. Small car park at Stagshaw Garden with room for 8 cars. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Kendal train station is 8 miles away from Windermere. The West Coast Main Line connects with the Oxenholme to Windermere line, which has regular services throughout the year. There are bus connections from Windermere Station to all locations in the valley. In the main tourist season, regular boat trips leave Bowness Pier Waterhead jetties, where Stagshaw and Ambleside Roman Fort are within easy walking distance. For Bridge House catch the Bowness to Waterhead boat, then walk 1 mile to the house. For more information go to Windermere Lake Cruises. Regular Stagecoach bus connections from Windermere Station to locations throughout the valley. 555 or 599 to Waterhead, followed by a very short walk along footpaths to Ambleside Roman Fort or Stagshaw Garden. For Bridge House alight at Ambleside bus station.


Location : near Windermere, Cumbria

Transport : Windermere (National Rail) then bus. Bus Routes : Stagecoach 555 and 599 (see above)

Opening Times : Dawn till Dusk

Opening Times Bridge House : April to October, daily 11:30 to 16:15

Tickets : Free

Tel : 015394 35599