The decision to go and take a first-hand look only takes a split-second to make. What takes longer though, is deciding which one to check out first; and how to get there.
In the area surrounding Ambleside, there are four ‘must-see’ views, offering spectacular scenery that offer tantalising changes of colour and mood throughout not only the seasons, but the times of day too; so, well worth repeat visits.
Notepad and pencil at the ready? Then we shall begin:
One of Cumbria’s smaller lakes, Rydal Water is one of the easiest views to enjoy, being very easily accessible from the A591.
A great stop-off for families, it offers a great respite opportunity for mums and dads while the children explore nearby caves and enjoy a paddle or swim.
The Coffin Track offers a good walk too, close to Grasmere – in the heart of the Lake District; the latest part of England to be officially designated a World Heritage Status site.
With TripAdvisor ratings ranging from ‘Very good’ to ‘excellent’, Borrans Park at Ambleside is well-worth a few hours of your time.
The small but attractive park brushes the northern tip of Windermere at Ambleside, where seating compliments pleasant views for a time of relaxation and contemplation.
It’s family-friendly too, with plenty of space for children to enjoy and a good area to give your dog a stretch of the legs and to gather sticks for a good old game of ‘fetch’.
A nearby Roman fort is just a stone’s throw away, for those who like to indulge in a little history. Hotels aren’t in short supply, with plenty of cafes to experience too.
Wansfell is around 1.5 miles east of Ambleside, with no fewer than two moderate peaks to conquer.
At 488 metres high, Baystones is the highest of the pair, while Wansfell Pike is considered to be “true” summit by walkers – despite being six metres smaller, because of its better view of Windermere.
Wansfell is also part of the Windermere Way, which circles the lake. This short family-friendly walk is among the most popular in the Ambleside area, with a popular descent route down the far side to Troutbeck and along the old roman road that links Troutbeck with Waterhead.
And finally… Finding Tarn Hows almost replicates the feeling Leonardo DiCaprio must have had upon finding the legendary secluded ‘Beach’ in the movie of the same name – but without the angry farmers.
Well worth it when you finally figure out the way, the National Trust-run site is surrounded by trees and gentle hills, this man-made tarn (although you’d never know!) is a firm favourite for those who enjoy short walks or just a good old picnic on a blanket.
A day-out that’s exciting and tranquil in equal measure, the feeling of geographical isolation – albeit a friendly one, is unbeatable. Oh, and take a few spare coins for the tree during the circular tarn-side walk.
Keep your eyes open as you make your way around. You’ll know what we mean when you get there.
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