• Ambleside is the perfect destination to be at the foot of the fells.

    Spending your days, with a map in hand, exhaustingly exploring the infamous South Lakes by foot, boat or bike. Daily rewards are required! Especially after a long hard day in the fresh air.

    Here are our top 3 recommendations to enjoy your evenings in Ambleside.

    Table 22
    For a end of holiday treat, special occasion or private party Table 22 is the perfect place for you.
    With stunning lake views and a variety of locally sourced lovingly created dishes from traditional, vegetarian to pan-asian catering for everyone’s craving.

    Not to be missed is their bespoke-made toffee apple ice cream handmade - literally - for dinners to enjoy by Handmade Ice Cream Company in Ulverston.

    The private dinner space is unique to Ambleside, catering for up to 16 people and offering tailor made menus to suit your celebration.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Waterhead Bay, LA22 0ES

    The Priest Hole Restaurant
    Based inside Kesick Old Hall, one of Ambleside oldest buildings. With original features in tow, this makes for a memorable evening serving traditional Cumbrian food locally sourced and perfectly matched with wines and locally brewed ales and beers.

    With August soon to arrive, the outside terrace for alfresco dining will be the perfect place to the sunset evenings.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Dog friendly on the outside terrace.
    Church Street, LA22 0BU

    Zeffirellis
    Based in the heart of Ambleside, a vegetarian restaurant influenced by simple mediterranean ingredients. Producing organic wholesome delights with a contemporary flair.

    Extend the date night with an evening film? As this restaurant has a cinema attached, showing the latest blockbuster and avant-garde films offering all dinners a movie meal deal.

    Food served until 10pm daily. Compston Road, LA22 9AD

  • 25 June 2018

    Short and Steep.

    For those passionate for the outdoors, we certainly cater for your needs at Lakes Lodge. Based in the hugely popular and picturesque town of Ambleside, we are right on the doorstep of many wondrous mountains and lakes.

    Sometimes when faced with endless opportunities it is hard to decide what to pick! If you are planning on cramming a variety of activities into each day during your visit, these short, steep walks nearby could be just the ticket.

    Wansfell Pike
    Wansfell Pike is situated ½ a mile east of Ambleside. It is a great walk for those who struggle with navigation as it is a clear path all the way to the top! You can ascend the fell starting from a road in Ambleside that passes Stockghyll Force waterfall. The road bears right, leading to a stile on to a footpath that takes you right to the summit. The walk ascends around 1500ft, the viewpoint at the top is famous for its fantastic view of Ambleside and Lake Windermere. Depending on which way you descent, this walk can be short and sweet usually taking about a couple hours.

    Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass Inn
    You can drive up to Red Screes from Ambleside by taking Kirkstone Pass on the A592. The road, known as “The Struggle” by locals is a popular, challenging cycling route with amazing mountain views. You can park in the car park opposite Kirkstone Pass Inn, and cross the stile at the far end of the car park. The path is clearly marked and easy to follow, as you ascend the path’s steepness increases with some scrambling. Once at the top you can enjoy views all around, of Windermere in one direction and Ullswater in the other.

  • 18 May 2018

    On Your Bike

    Getting on your bike and heading up a trail is a great way to see some of the Lake District's best bits. There are plenty of places to go, here are some recommendations for the more advanced riders among us:

    Helvellyn
    Starting off toward the south of Ullswater, making your way slowly upwards to the top of Helvellyn, the third highest peak (950m) in the Lake District. The good thing about going up...you must come down. After a needed rest, head down the glorious descent of the Stick Pass. The trail is on average 12 miles long.

    Nan Build Pass
    This route is filled with mud, chutes and hairpins along a single stoney pass. Perfect for those looking for a technical trip. A 10 mile round trail.

    Brathay Belter
    The Brathay Belter is an event for endurance cyclist looking to test themselves. There are 3 distances, short, medium and long to choose from.

    The short distance is 15 miles with a total of 1,400 feet of climbing. This distance is perfect for families and people new to cycling who want to get out.

    The medium is 44 mile route with 4,200 feet of climbing offering a challenge but not as strenuous as the Long distance. The long distance takes you passed places like Blea Tarn, Elterwater, Green Hows Tarn all magnificently still pockets of waters that show the reflection of the Hills. Rehydrate yourselves, as this is no easy feat! Spanning 56 miles and 6,200 feet of climbing with the spectacular views of Windermere, Coniston and Duddon Valley. this is 58 miles and 6,200 feet of ascent.

    Date: 24th of June 2018
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Brathay Trust Brathay Hall Clappersgate Ambleside Cumbria, Ambleside, LA22 0HP

  • 25 April 2018

    For the Adventurous

    There are some of us that long for adventure and love that rush of adrenaline taking over. For those people, there are plenty of activities in the Lakes District. So whether you're looking to bike up a fell or go out on the water, the Lakes cater to all comers.

    So here are some places for the more adventurous among us:

    Coniston Boating Centre
    Although the name suggests water activities, there are many more activities on offer here. Situated near the fifth largest lake (4.0 square kilometres) in the Lake District, the Coniston Boating Centre offers great outdoor activities to suit your desires. If you fancy getting out onto the water, you are able to hire a range of watercraft (such as Canoes, Kayaks and motor boats) for your preference. If you’re built more for land activity why not give archery or rifling a try. Wanting get wet and climb waterfalls, then try gorge scrambling. The world really is your oyster.

    Go Ape Grizedale Forest
    Looking for a way to leave the ground for a while, then Go Ape lets you experience the perspective of the birds. Enjoy a treetop adventure as you make your way across the douglas firs of Grizedale Forest. The biggest attraction is the ‘zip trekking adventure’ which take you over seven tandem zip lines across 3KM. You can also make a day of it and try out the cafe and walking trails to bring you back to earth.

  • Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner?! It feels like 5 minutes ago we were all singing ‘deck the halls’ and ripping open presents. We love Easter time at Lakes Lodge, a little break that signifies that lighter nights are upon us, and blue skies and less muddy walks are almost in sight.

    There are Easter egg hunts a-plenty in The Lake District this Easter…lots of them Peter Rabbit themed…and here’s a little list of what else is on so you can plan lots of activities for your trip to the Lakes.

    30th March – Guided walk Glenamara and Silver Bay
    Walk by Lanty’s Tarn to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater

    1st April – Guided walk Little Langdale Fells & Tarns
    Walk to the summit of Lingmoor by Blea Tarn, returning over Slater Bridge

    2nd April – Hug a bunny in Bowness
    Not any old bunny, THE bunny, Mr Rabbit himself will be available for hugs at The World of Beatrix Potter

    4th April – Where is Peter Rabbit Easter Treasure Hunt
    The search is on for 100 limited edition ceramic with lots of prizes to be won

    5th April – Guided walk, Wordsworth’s Grasmere
    Discover Grasmere from Wordsworth’s romantic perspective

    9th April – Celebrate spring at Brockhole
    Discover the beautiful gardens of Brockhole and all the spring sights

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