The hostel is just 4 minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside. Ambleside is a small town of about 2500 people situated in the centre of the Lake District National Park, about 1 mile from the head of Lake Windermere.
It is at the hub of the area’s road system and all parts of the National Park are within 1 hour’s drive. Many fine mountain and valley walks, both easy and strenuous, start from the town.
- Vistors facilities.
Ambleside’s tourist facilities are pretty good. It has a great choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs. It offers high quality shopping, particularly for outdoor wear, art, gifts and outdoor wear and outdoor wear (you will know what I mean about the outdoor wear shops when you get here!).
There are two first class multi screen cinemas with 6 screens between them (both with restaurants). In the Summer and Autumn there are traditional events, sports, theatrical and live music productions. Also for the more adventurous there is a magmificent indoor climing wall and an indoor cave complex is on the way too. The parish church is open each day and is well worth a visit to the Wordsworth Chapel. Service information is on hand at the hostel.
Ambleside has a busy town centre but within minutes you can find quiet beauty spots, waterfalls, parks and the lake shore. There are guided walks and town trails, tennis courts and mini-golf.
- Lake Windermere and boat trips.
At Waterhead, 7 minutes walk from the hostel, you can enjoy all the facilities of Lake Windermere – boat hire, boat launching, lake cruising, fishing, nature watching. Those wanting a lake view while walking or biking can take the west shore walk from Wray Castle to the Ferry at Sawrey and then return by lake steamer. It make a really good day out in all weather as the path along the shore is quite sheltered and faily level.
- Walking of all types
There is a great level walk that takes you past the foundations of a Roman Fort and round by the banks of the river Rothay. You may spot Otters or Kingfishers here.
A very popular walk from Ambleside hostel is the Fairfield Horse shoe. Its about 14 miles in total from the hostel door and back again, and takes you up almost to 3000ft. On a clear day the views are spectacular, on a misty day or a day with low cloud you need to be good with a compass and map or a GPS to come back down by the route that you intended to. Alow 4 – 7 hours depending on your level of fitness. Of course there are fantastic low level walks too and people of all levels of fitness can have a glorious day out rain or shine.
Ambleside Backpackers offer truly great Ambleside accommodation!
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