Ambleside, Cumbria, England, Great Britain

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Historically in Westmorland, it marks the head of Windermere, England's largest natural lake. In the Lake District National Park, it is south of the highest road pass in the Lake District, Kirkstone Pass and both places are the meeting point of well-marked paths and mountain hiking trails.

Economy The economy is based around several Tourist amenities. "Steamers" are the throwback name for the ferries (diesel-propelled) which run most days to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside offering fine views of the lake and the mountains. Ambleside is a base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has several hotels, guest houses, restaurants and shops. Specialist shops sell equipment, guides and give recommendations to walkers, backpackers and climbers. Ambleside is a popular starting point for the Fairfield horseshoe, a hill-walking ridge hike. A concentration of ten pubs or bars within a quarter-mile radius reflects how the local hospitality market serves residents, tourists, visitors and the student population associated with the University of Cumbria.

Ambleside & Waterhead, Cumbria, England 
Ambleside & Waterhead, Cumbria, England
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Ambleside has a population of over 2,600 people. Ambleside also forms part of the wider South Lakeland district which has a population of over 102,301 people. Ambleside is situated 22 km north-west of Kendal.

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