Visit Ambleside – self-catered stays in the Lake District
The Lake District remains one of the most popular and idyllic holiday destinations in the UK. Ambleside holiday cottages offer the ideal accommodation for visitors keen to explore a region that has inspired poets, ramblers and romantics for centuries.
Holiday lettings in Ambleside are convenient for Windermere, England's largest lake, with its scenic cruises, water-sports facilities and lakeside pubs and restaurants. Ambleside itself, just a ten minute walk from the lake, is a town full of rugged character, with an eclectic choice of bars, cafes and eateries and plentiful public transport links throughout Cumbria.
Walking trails, notable buildings & gastronomy
For many, the main appeal of the region lies in the hiking trails and paths through the spectacular fells. Handily-placed in the central Lakes area, holiday homes in Ambleside allow walkers to explore the hills from a comfortable base. The short but scenic walk from the town over Rydal Mount to Grasmere ends at Dove Cottage, the home of the poet Wordsworth. More strenuous, but rewarding, the hike from Langdale up Scafell Pike culminates on the summit of England's highest peak. Some holiday lettings in Ambleside are particularly well-located for hikers keen to hit the trails immediately after breakfast.
Cumbrian cuisine is among England's finest, with the local lamb and sausage particularly prized alongside cheeses and the famous Grasmere gingerbread. Ambleside holiday cottages are close to some of the region's gastropubs and also offer self-catering facilities for preparing fresh fare sourced from local butchers and farm shops. A small village worth visiting nearby is Bassenthwaite.