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Top Spots: Ambleside Activities

By Alpkit
22, Aug, 2017

What to do whilst you're here: if you're popping into the Ambleside store, why not check out the locale too?

When you’re opening your second store, you tend visit it a fair bit to see how things are going, chat to the team, or pick up a paintbrush and get stuck in.

In which case, why not open up a store in a place that you really love, where you’d be able to make the most of the local area after a day of work, a place that you’ll want to visit all the time? That’s how we ended up in Ambleside.  

This way to Ambleside!

If you're coming to visit over the long weekend (or over a short weekend, or even a normal-length weekend), you may as well make the most of everything that Ambleside and its surroundings has to offer. Here are a few of our favourite activities, for more ideas to fill your trip why not ask our Store Heroes about their favourite adventure destinations?

Open Water Swimming

Where better to test out your open water swimming wetsuit than in the Lake District National Park? Nothing compares to swimming in Lake Windermere, although it can get a little busy! For less boat traffic and a more peaceful swim, we tend to splash about in Rydal Water and Grasmere. 

A lovely spot for a swim, a boat, a walk... just a lovely spot really! View of Waterhead, Ambleside from Jenkins Crag Bridleway


Whether your vessel takes the form of a kayak, a canoe, a paddle board or a sailing boat, you'll revel in the water wonderland around Ambleside. Boat hire and tuition is available throughout the Lake District, and you'll find that at our neighbouring Lake Windermere alone you'll be spoilt for choice!  

The start of the steep bit at Honnister Pass

Mountain Biking

Apparently, Ambleside has a reputation for being a little bit rainy in the winter (we don't know where that idea came from!). Despite the area's proclivity for precipitation, you'll find some of Lake District's most waterproof terrain around our town. With steep climbs and technical trails, biking here will make everywhere else you've ridden look as tame and gentle as Hobbiton. 

Marketing Man Dan putting the Sonder Transmitter through its paces on Jenkins Crag Bridleway


The gateway to Langdale and Conniston Fells, and a stone's throw from Windermere, Ambleside is ideally located if you're planning to venture to different areas of the Lake District. If you fancy something a little closer to town, a range of walks starting from the town itself provide excellent views and easier terrain (we like to walk up to Skelwith Bridge). 


The Lake District is a haven for climbers, whatever your grade and whatever your style, you'll find a crag to suit you with unbeatable views to beat. The Lake District is home to many classic test pieces, and the crags generally merit the long approach it takes to get to them. Why not read our remote crags bucket list for some inspiration?

 It's impossible to get away from wonderful views in the Lakes. 

Our local

There's nothing better than a warm pub after a day of adventure. Marketing Man Dan recommends The Golden Rule. When we're not off exploring, you might find us in Zeferrelli's Cinema too. 

The Bridge House

It's one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District, but you should see it for yourself anyway! 

Come on in!

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