Explore the Area
Both Gwen and Reg are keen walkers and have put together a collection of tried and tested popular walks which are available for you also to pick up and enjoy, for example High Sweden Bridge, Rydal Caves, Jenkin Cragg, The Coffin Route, Stock Ghyll Force.
History of Ambleside
For an informal look at the history of Ambleside take a look amblesideonline’s history link.
Ambleside offers a wide choice of outlets to cater for all tastes including but not limited to, outdoor clothing centres, bookshops, bespoke jewellery shops, art galleries, museums, local produce shops.
Festival and Events in the Lake District
In conjunction with the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Tourism has produced a joint events guide, with over 400 Listings – a great single reference to hundreds of events. View festivals and events from the Go-Lakes Website.
Food and Drink in Ambleside
A wide range of restaurants are available which are close to Amboseli Lodge offering a full range of culinery delights. Listed below are a few of our favourites.
Explore the Fells Around Ambleside
- RED SCREES
The fell is surrounded by an unusual amount of open water. To the north the River Rothay flows through Grasmere and Rydal Water before bending around the eastern side of Loughrigg. On the southern flank the River Brathay runs from Elterwater and is also fed by the outfall from Loughrigg Tarn. The two rivers merge at Clappersgate on the south eastern corner of the fell, just before flowing into Windermere. The western boundary is formed by Red Bank (535 ft) on the ridge to Silver How. Unnamed becks fall north and south into Grasmere and Elterwater.
The fell is easily accessible, being surrounded by roads on all sides. Ambleside and the smaller settlements of Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Grasmere and Rydal are all within reach, as is the popular double car park at White Moss Common. Many paths run over the fell including the well known Loughrigg Terrace, a level path with superb views of Grasmere, Helm Crag and the Fairfield group. Just beyond the eastern end of the Terrace are some quite remarkable caves, caused by quarrying. They penetrate about 150 feet into the hillside and are often full of water; there are other small mines on the fell.
Wansfell has an extensive summit ridge with two tops, the highest point of the fell is called Baystones with a height of 488 m (1,601 ft) while Wansfell Pike, which lies a kilometre to the south west reaches an altitude of 482 m (1,581 ft). Of the two summits Wansfell Pike is regarded as the “true” summit of the fell by many fell walkers because of its superior view, even though it is the lower of the pair.Despite its modest altitude, Wansfell has significant topographic prominence being linked to the higher fell of Caudale Moor by a col near the Kirstone Pass road (A592) with the height of around 338 metres giving the fell prominence of approximately 150 metres, which makes it just a Marilyn. Originally the hill was thought to just fail in being a Marilyn, but subsequent updates to Alan Dawson’s list have revealed that the summit has been relocated to 488 m at NY403051, making the prominence 150m.
There is a marked contrast between the character of the northern and southern flanks of Fairfield. Alfred Wainwright in his influential Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells wrote that “From the south it appears as a great horseshoe of grassy slopes below a consistently high skyline…but lacking those dramatic qualities that appeal most to the lover of hills. But on the north side the Fairfield range is magnificent: here are dark precipices, long fans of scree,…desolate combes and deep valleys.”Fairfield has connecting ridges to several other fells and in plan view can be likened to a bow-tie. The top has an east-west axis with ridges running out north and south from each end.
Fairfield can be climbed via Grisedale Hause, either up Tongue Gill from Grasmere, from Dunmail Raise or from Patterdale. The path up from the Hause is a rough zigzag up worsening scree. Grisedale Hause can also be reached as a ridge walk from Seat Sandal, or by cutting across the outlet of Grisedale Tarn from Dollywaggon Pike and the Helvellyns. In this way Fairfield forms part of the Threlkeld — Kirkstone Walk, which continues over Fairfield summit to Dove Crag and Red Screes.
A more challenging route climbs out of Deepdale, veering into the lower part of Link Cove before surmounting Greenhow End and The Step. Deepdale Hause can also be gained from this side, but climbs direct out of Link Cove or Cowk Cove are not practicable for walkers.
Red Screes is a fell in the English Lake District, situated between the villages of Patterdale and Ambleside. It is an outlier of the Fairfield group in the Eastern Fells, but is separated from its neighbours by low cols. This gives Red Screes an independence which is reflected in its prominence.Taking the form of a long upturned boat, Red Screes is a ridge running roughly north to south. Shorter saddles connecting to neighbouring fells are sent out amidships on either side. To the west Scandale Pass (1,690 ft) connects to Little Hart Crag, a satellite of Dove Crag. From the pass the long Scandale Beck runs south to Ambleside and the River Rothay. On the northern side Caiston Beck makes for Hartsop and Ullswater. To the east of Red Screes is the motor road from Ambleside to Patterdale, reaching its summit at Kirkstone Pass (1,485 ft). Across the Kirkstone are the High Street range of the Far Eastern Fells, beginning with Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Crag. Running south from Kirkstone Pass and its summit inn is the valley of Stock Ghyll which flows the Ambleside, joining the Rothay a few yards from the confluence with Scandale Beck. Kirkstone Beck flows north from the pass, joining Caiston Beck before reaching Hartsop. Thus the boundaries of Red Screes are formed symmetrically by four valleys, with the fell rising at the head of none of them.