The Area | Visiting Ambleside and the surrounding Area
Ambleside is the hub, bang in the middle of the Lake District and a really good jumping off point for virtually anywhere in Cumbria. The Lake District National Park is an adventure playground for those who love outdoor activities and a dream world for those who simply want to tour around taking in the views.
The Lake District National Park was designated in early 1951 and is the largest National Park in England encompassing Scafell Pike (the highest peak in England), Wastwater (the deepest lake) and Windermere (the longest lake). Is Tarn Hows the most photographed beauty spot in the Lake District? You’ll have to decide for yourself but a trip to Tarn Hows is surely a must when you’re staying at the Old Vicarage in Ambleside.
The mountains [fells] and lakes form a unique landscape that poets [such as Wordsworth, Coleridge & John Ruskin] and writers [such as Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome & Alfred Wainwright] have found their inspiration.And don’t forget Postman Pat (and his black and white cat), created by John Cunliffe and set in the Lake District. Visitors can easily follow in their footsteps or simply wander out of our Ambleside B&B, leave the car in our car park and head for the hills.
Grasmere and Windermere are very close by and the popular tourist towns of Coniston and Keswick are only a short drive away. Use the side menu to explore the areas further.