Things to do

Where to start...


Mark has a vast knowledge of the Lake District, having been here many times over the last 20 years; he has also climbed all 214 of the Wainwright Fells. As such this means we can help point you in the right direction for any level of walk you might want to do, from an easy ramble up to a full day mountain top adventure. Many routes start from the door of the B&B but the bus network (or car) means you can open up the whole vast area of the Lake District very easily. This service forms a huge part of what we do (free of charge) and really does help you to get the most out of your stay in the Lakes.

There are also on-line Guides available at the following websites:

Should any guests wish to hire a qualified mountain guide we recommend Mark Eddy who’s details you can find here


This is hilly country which probably makes it one of the best or worst places in the country depending on your point of view, but there are pretty flat routes that can be found too. There are numerous on and off road routes or trails to be enjoyed again for all levels of fitness/ enthusiasm. We are also about a quarter of a mile from the two wheeled and friendly institution that is Ghyllside Cycles where you can buy most cycling gear and hire bikes too.


Mark is a keen member of Ambleside running club so whether you are wanting to do a short road circuit or a full on fell run (you can even join him on a race too if you wish!) we can offer copious amounts of local knowledge as well as mountain weather forecasts too.

Eating, Drinking

Ambleside is only a couple of minutes walk from the cottage and according to tripadvisor there are now 106 restaurants in and around the town. We haven't tried them all yet but are having a good go and can advise that there are some very good and some not so good ones. We've come to realise that we all have different tastes and opinions on this but will be happy to make recommendations if asked.

There are probably a dozen or so pubs or bars, all different and with a decent live music scene most weeks.


We are lucky enough to have an independent and thriving cinema in the town. With 5 screens in three separate locations showing the latest movies as well as selected Art House films see for information on current and upcoming films.


Despite the advance of the high street chains Ambleside remains home to a great number of  independent retailers and is reputedly the "goretex capital of the world"(!). Due to the huge number of tourists that visit the town independent retailers here have been able to develop successful shops selling a wide range of goods not easy to find elsewhere making for an altogether more interesting shopping experience.

Messing about on the water

Self-explanatory really. Boats of various shapes, sizes and types can be hired locally and using the cruise boats to get to the various attractions around the lake rather than driving or getting the bus should not be overlooked. See for itineraries etc.

History, Culture, Ms. Potter & Mr Wordsworth

As well as the magnificent scenery and environment Cumbria is blessed with a rich and varied history. We hold information on most of the more popular attractions but suggest you see  for ideas and inspiration.