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  • Title: Ambleside Online - community and tourist information site, Lake District
    Descriptive info: .. Complete guide to the community of Ambleside, in the Lake District, with local, business and tourist information, Lakes Parish Council news, accommodation, restaurant, services and shopping guide.. featuring also the nearby villages or hamlets of Rydal, Grasmere, Elterwater, Langdale and Skelwith.. Slideshow of.. Ambleside.. district.. Ambleside.. Online.. Webcam, Weather.. Travel Info.. WELCOME TO AMBLESIDE -.. Holiday.. Accommodation.. Eating.. out.. What's On.. Events Calendar.. Activities.. Attractions.. Local Walks.. Local.. History.. Lakes Parish.. Council.. Local tradesmen.. Local professional.. services.. Public Services.. Information/help.. Civic.. Trust.. Central Lakes.. Neighbourhood.. Forum.. Rough Guide.. to Ambleside.. Town Maps.. Buses/Trains/.. Taxis/Travel.. Can we help you?.. About Ambleside Online.. An Ambleside.. police officer's.. lot.. SEARCH THIS SITE FOR:.. Local Information.. Health Centre/Doctors.. Employment.. Message Board.. Parish Council.. Primary School.. University of Cumbria.. WEATHER FORECAST.. Public Transport/Taxis/Travel.. Advertise here.. Old Ambleside.. Local Clubs Societies.. Social, sport, activity,.. pressure groups.. Tourist Info.. About the town.. Ambleside TIC.. Scenic Views.. Activities Attractions.. Eating out..  ...   Bell Ringers.. Ambleside Civic Trust.. Ambleside District Choral Society.. Ambleside Christmas Lights.. Ambleside District University of the Third Age.. Ambleside Cricket Club.. Ambleside Junior Football.. Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary Club.. Ambleside Natural History Society.. Ambleside Oral History Group.. Ambleside Parish Centre.. Ambleside Players.. Ambleside Playgroup Ambleside Toddlers.. Ambleside Probus Club.. Ambleside Rotary Club.. Ambleside Sports.. Armitt Trust.. CAMRA Westmorland.. Grasmere Sports.. Grasmere Women's Institute.. Kelsick's Educational Foundation.. Lake Artists Society.. Lakeland Disability Support.. Rydal Women's Institute.. Get a link for your local organisation here free.. SPECIAL FEATURES.. Local History.. Armitt Museum.. Bygone Ambleside.. Need a tradesman?.. Computer trouble?.. Pub Crawls.. Use the Events calendar!.. Contact your MP.. Contribute to this site.. Send NEWS.. Use Message Board to send out views, comments, jokes!.. Keep our info pages up to date.. Support local enterprise by using our business pages.. Ask us for a web display page or a site of your own.. Contact us.. Webmaster:.. Paul Renouf..

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  • Title: Lakes Parish Council Information - hosted by Ambleside Online
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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - Public Information
    Descriptive info: Public Service Information.. This information is accurate when written, but liable to change without our knowledge.. Please.. let us know.. of any changes or omissions, which will be corrected immediately.. We cannot be responsible for the consequences of any inaccuracies.. EMERGENCY SERVICES:.. Phone 999 for Police, Fire, Ambulance (for Mountain Rescue, phone for Police first).. Crimestoppers: 0800 555111.. BROADCASTING NEWSPAPER CONTACTS.. Local Press:.. Westmorland Gazette.. 1 Wainwrights Yard, Kendal LA9 4DP.. Phones: News and all departments 01539 720555, Advertising 01539 725591.. Fax: News/Sport 01539 720990, Advertising 01539 723618.. Local correspondents:.. Ambleside: Jane Renouf (015394 34411) also.. Email.. Radio:.. BBC Radio Cumbria.. ,.. Annetwell St,.. Carlisle CA3 8BB.. (01228 592444).. Kendal Studio (Brewery Arts Centre): 01539 720230.. Bay Radio.. Trinity Enterprise Centre, Ironworks Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PN (01229 839969).. Lakeland Radio.. Lakeland Food Park, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8QJ.. A Community commercial radio station covering the South Lakeland Area.. Television:.. BBC North West.. New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 7HB.. Border Television.. Television Centre, Carlisle: 01228 525101.. Granada Television.. News Centre, White Cross, Lancaster: 01524 60688.. CHEMISTS:.. Bells Chemist.. , Lake Road, Ambleside (015394 33345).. Boots the Chemist.. , 8/9 Market Cross, Ambleside (015394 33355).. CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU:.. for Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere areas.. above the Windermere Public Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere (015394 46464),.. website.. Also CAB Online for.. online debt advice.. -.. HEALTH SERVICES.. Doctors:.. Ambleside Health Centre,.. Rydal Road, Ambleside (015394 32693).. District Nursing Sister Health Visitor:.. Ambleside Health Centre (015394 33601).. Family Planning Well Woman Clinic.. Dentist (private):.. Total Dental Ambleside.. , East Lynne, Millans Park, Ambleside.. Tel.. 32544.. Dentist (NHS):.. Mint Dental, Rydal Road, Ambleside.. 34999.. Optician:.. Ambleside Opticians.. , North Road, Ambleside.. 31331.. Hospital:.. Westmorland General Hospital,.. Oxenholme Road, Kendal (01539 732288).. Private (non-NHS) practitioners:.. see.. INTERNET ACCESS.. Internet access facilities are available to the public at:.. Ambleside Public Library, Kelsick Road (see below for opening hours).. Esquires Coffee Shop, Compston Road.. Ambleside YHA (Youth Hostel).. at Waterhead (Hostel open daily from 7.. 30am till 11.. 00 pm).. LIBRARY:.. Kelsick Road, Ambleside (015394 32507).. Opening Hours:.. Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 1pm-7pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday closed all day, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.. LOCAL AUTHORITIES.. Ambleside is governed by four tiers of Local Authority:.. Lake District National Park Authority.. controls all development and land usage.. Cumbria County Council.. Chief Executive, The Courts, Carlisle CA3 8NA (01228 606060).. Kendal Office: County Hall, Busher Walk, Kendal LA9 4RQ (01539 773000).. Information Centre: 01228 812381.. Responsible for Consumer Affairs (inc trading standards), Community Care, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Fire Services, Libraries, Police, Roads, Social Services, among others.. South Lakeland District Council.. South Lakeland House, Lowther St, Kendal LA9 4DQ (01539 733333).. Responsible for Car Parks, Council Housing, Drains Sewers, Environmental Health (inc food, noise, safety) Litter, Parks, Pest Control, Refuse Collection, Street Cleaning, among others.. Lakes Parish Council.. Ambleside Police Station, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AY.. Telephone/Fax: 015394 31656.. email:.. lakesparishclerk@yahoo.. co.. uk.. Responsible for representing local residents' opinions to the higher levels of local government on all matters of public interest, acting in consultation with local organisations and individuals.. LOCAL COUNCILLORS.. David Earnshaw (Liberal Democrat).. (015394 32753).. Mrs Heidi Halliday, 19 Kirkfield, Ambleside, LA22 9HA (015394 31472/07523 640332) email:.. h.. halliday@southlakeland.. gov.. Mrs V Rees (Liberal Democrat), Greenheys, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TD (015394 35401) email.. v.. rees@southlakeland.. AMBLESIDE WARD.. Mr.. L.. Johnson, 8 Loughrigg Park, Ambleside, LA22 ODY.. (015394 32904).. Mr P.. A.. Thompson, Stoneleigh, Gale Rigg, Ambleside, LA22 0AZ (015394 33410).. Mrs Anne Sowerbutts, Swiss Villas, Vicarage Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AE (015394 32691).. Mrs M.. Colquhoun, South Knoll, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AY (015394  ...   Force.. (all enquiries) 0870 8501150.. Royal Mail.. (customer services)0845 6003725.. SCHOOLS COLLEGE.. Ambleside (CE) Primary School.. , Vicarage Road, Ambleside (015394 32181).. Grasmere (CE) Primary School.. , Stock Lane, Grasmere (015394 35313).. Langdale (CE) Primary School.. , Chapel Stile, Ambleside (015394 37204).. Lakes School.. , Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere (015394 62470).. University of Cumbria, Charlotte Mason Campus.. , Rydal Road, Ambleside (015394 30300).. TOURIST INFORMATION.. The following provide local information and bed booking service:.. The Hub of Ambleside (Tourist Information Centre).. , Market Place,.. (0844 225 0544).. See also on this site.. Ambleside District Businesses.. for listings of ALL accommodation, shops, eating places and attractions.. A roughish guide to Ambleside.. for general and background information.. For more information on tourist amenities elsewhere in the Lake District,.. go to.. Cumbria Tourism.. The.. National Park Authority.. supplies extensive information on the Lake District environment and its work in conservation and providing opportunities for access and enjoyment.. See also the.. TRANSPORT.. For local and national bus, train and airport information, Travel Agents, also TAXI services,.. click here.. USEFUL PUBLIC UTILITY PHONE NUMBERS.. Electricity.. (power failures) 0800 111999 (24 hours), general matters 0800 1950101.. Gas leaks.. 0800 111999 (24 hours).. Environment Agency.. (water and river pollution) 0870 8506506 (24hr emergencies 0800 807060).. Water.. to report leaks in road or footpaths 0800 330033 (24 hours).. WASTE REFUSE DISPOSAL.. Kerbside Refuse Collection.. takes place on differing days throughout Ambleside and district depending on type of refuse, week number and street.. To check which days have collections for what from your home or holiday home go to.. South Lakeland District Council - kerbside collections.. and link to Collections Calendar for your address.. RECYCLING CENTRES.. AMBLESIDE.. Rothay Holme Civic Amenity Site (tip):.. Open 08.. 00 to 18.. 00 Monday to Sunday (all waste matter, with recycling bins for glass, motor oil, paper, green garden waste, etc).. NOTE:.. If you are visiting this site in a van, flatbed or twin axle trailer (up to 3 metres long) you will need a permit.. Hayes Garden World.. Lake Road: only for drink can disposal.. Waterhead YHA car park:.. only for glass (bottles and jars), paper, drink cans, textiles.. HAWKSHEAD.. Main Car Park.. only for glass (bottles and jars).. LANGDALE.. Great Langdale Campsite.. only for glass (bottles and jars) and drink cans.. Langdale Estates.. only for glass (bottles and jars) and paper.. Wainwrights Inn.. only for glass (bottles and jars).. Meteorological Office UK satellite weather maps and forecasts.. with links to UK climatic and seasonal information.. BBC 5-day local forecast.. National Park Weather Service.. including felltop conditions, temperatures, cloudbase, windchill, etc.. Weather tales.. Local farmer to an American tourist, who asked whether it rained all the time:.. Well, it donks an' it doddles, dozzles bedoes, and mebbe it cum a bit o' a stickter, but nivver what you might call a gay gurt pell!.. Well, I allus remember going to Coniston on a pouring wet day, and I said to an old gentleman called Linnie Dixon, 'When is it going to stop raining, Linnie? Dreadful!' And he says 'It'll stop raining when the lake finds its level.. If it goes down low in the summer, once it does rain it usually rains till the lake finds it's own level.. ' And I said 'Well it's not high yet, so it's a bit to go.. ' And he said 'Yes well, it will, as soon as it finds it's level it'll stop.. (from the archive, Ambleside Oral History Group).. Home.. All business.. Transport.. WebCam.. Local History page.. Local Topics.. News Extra.. Public Information.. Professional services.. Tourist guide.. All shops.. Walks..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine Transport
    Descriptive info: Transport, Travel Services and Public Transport to, from.. and around Ambleside.. TRAVEL NEWS from BBC Cumbria.. BUS and TRAIN Services.. STAGECOACH BUSES - timetables.. for BUS SERVICES locally and within Cumbria and the North West of England -.. REAYS COACHES - timetable.. run a summer only bus service from Bowness to Carlisle via Ambleside.. The nearest train station to Ambleside is Windermere, 4 miles, with frequent buses/taxis from the station.. For rail timetables and ticket booking throughout UK.. www.. thetrainline.. For bus timetables and ticket booking throughout UK.. National Express.. For Comprehensive UK Public Transport information start at.. traveline.. org.. Local Taxi Services.. Name.. Telephone.. AIRPORT SERVICES.. 01539 724658.. KEVIN'S TAXIS..  ...   35506.. HAWKSHEAD TAXI SERVICE (ROB).. 015394 36946 (0900-1800).. 07973695253 (1800-0900).. WINDERMERE LAKE.. WINDERMERE LAKE CRUISES.. WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0EY.. 015394 32225.. TRAVEL AGENTS.. Address.. GATES TRAVEL.. RUSKIN HOUSE, MARKET PLACE, AMBLESIDE, LA22 9BU.. 0845 4500850.. TUSCAN HOLIDAYS.. FISHERBECK MILL, OLD LAKE ROAD, AMBLESIDE, LA22 0DH.. 015394 31120.. REMOVALS/ROAD HAULAGE SERVICES.. AMBLESIDE LOGISTICS.. 07815 425329 or.. 015394 32948.. GILBERT BROWN SON.. MAIN ST, HAWKSHEAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0NT.. 015394 36480.. AIRPORTS.. Manchester Airport.. 0161 489 3000.. Liverpool Airport.. - Passenger Information 0870 129 8484.. - All flight Information (Real time departures and arrivals) 0906 108 8484.. Blackpool International Airport.. General Inquiries: 08700 273 777.. Carlisle Airport.. 01228 573641 (no scheduled services).. enquiries@carlisleairport..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - Contact/Help
    Descriptive info: CAN WE HELP YOU?.. CONTACT US.. Ambleside Online has been available on the internet since 1997.. It is run independently on behalf of the community, offering free news, local links, information, message board, e-cards, police notes and Parish Council business.. It is independent of any local authority, tourist board or other official body and any content or views expressed, other than in the message board forums, are those of its proprietors.. It is well respected locally for the high online profile it provides for the community.. Its free facilities are financed solely from its very effective inexpensive local business advertising.. HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION, TOURIST SERVICES, RESTAURANTS and SHOPS.. Advertise your holiday accommodation or services here effectively and at a bargain price, linking to your own website.. Find accommodation here.. PUBLIC INFORMATION.. Find contact details for Local Authorities, Emergency Services, Library, NHS services, politicians, the press and media, schools,  ...   all meetings, Agenda for next meeting, Planning decisions, Public Notices.. PROMOTE YOUR LOCAL CLUB, SOCIETY, EVENT.. FREE web links, listing and/or pages here for any non-profit local organisation.. Use the form below to submit details.. PROMOTE YOUR LOCAL EVENT.. FREE pages or pop-ups here to promote any non-profit community event.. Also POST IT yourself in the.. CALENDAR.. USE THE FREE.. MESSAGE BOARD.. to advertise jobs, residential accommodation, items for sale, have a rant, ask a question, promote an event.. SEND AN E-CARD FREE.. Beautiful images of local scenes to send with a message.. EMAIL US.. A MESSAGE - but don't ask us to book rooms or for printed literature - see below.. ALSO PLEASE DO NOT make specific enquiries about accommodation bookings or request printed information.. We regret we cannot help with these.. Instead make contact direct with.. listed accommodation establishments.. , or contact.. Ambleside Tourist Information Centre..

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  • Title: Ambleside Online - Photographs
    Descriptive info: Comments and further information about these pictures will be welcome.. also more pictures we could display.. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.. Church Street.. Central Buildings.. Rydal Road.. The Slack smithy.. North Road.. Coachman.. Milkman.. Bridge House.. Chapel Hill.. Steamer Crew.. Firemen.. Charabanc leaves.. New Dungeon Ghyll.. Coach at Waterhead..  ...   now Climbers Shop.. Farm Workers.. Gooseherd.. Lake Road.. Market Place.. Windermere Ferry.. thought to be.. Millerground Ferry.. Please go to our.. LOCAL HISTORY.. page for further information.. FRONT PAGE.. |.. LOCAL INFORMATION.. EVENTS DIARY.. BUSINESSES.. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS/CLUB/GROUP.. OLD AMBLESIDE.. Clubs Groups.. Voluntary Help Organisations.. AMBLESIDE FOR BEGINNERS/TOURIST INFORMATION..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - Local Clubs, Groups, Societies, Voluntary Organisations
    Descriptive info: Local Clubs, Societies and special interest groups.. Age UK South Lakeland 01539 728180.. Ambleside Athletic Club.. 015394 33800.. Ambleside Badminton 015394 32208.. Ambleside Basketball (Ladies) 015394 32015.. 01539 823302.. Ambleside Bowling Club 015394 31264.. Ambleside Brownies.. 07811 017 316.. Ambleside Climate Change Forum.. 015394 32878.. 015394 33313.. 015394 34140.. Ambleside District Flower Club 015394 45816.. 015394 31223.. Ambleside First Responders 015394 31124.. Ambleside Football Club 015394 87670.. Ambleside Guides 015394 43338.. Ambleside Hockey club 07815 741329.. Ambleside Horticultural Craft Society.. 015394 32252.. 015394 44680.. Ambleside Ladies Hockey Club, 015394 45009.. Ambleside Ladies Football Club, 015394 33620.. Ambleside Men's Social Group 015394 32492.. Ambleside Mothers Union 015394 32498.. 015394 32730.. 015394 35584.. Ambleside Rainbows 015394 32504.. 015394 32247.. Ambleside Rugby Union Football Club 015394 32536.. Ambleside Rushbearing 015394 33433.. 015394 35351.. Ambleside Welfare Charity 015394 31656.. Ambleside Women's Institute 015394 33478.. Babysitting Circle 015394 33142.. Brathay Women's Institute 015394 32823.. Cancer Care 015394 33062.. Chapel Stile Village Hall 015394 37361.. Citizen's Advice Bureau.. 015394 46464.. Cumbria in Bloom 01768 868086.. Cumbria County Scouts Association 01946 861811.. Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Central Lakes Support Group 015394 32122.. Drummermire Sheltered Housing 015394 32492.. Evergreen Club 015394 33687.. Grasmere Brownies 015394 34282.. Grasmere First Responders 015394 35546.. Grasmere Green's Charity 015394 35252.. Grasmere Guides 015394 35557.. Grasmere Hall  ...   015394 37524.. Lakes Children's Centre c/o Ambleside Library 015394 32507.. Lakes Parish in Bloom 015394 31656.. Learning Plus c/o Ambleside Library CDC 015394 32507.. 'Our Place' Youth Club 015394 33687.. Mountain Rescue Service.. (Langdale/Ambleside MRT).. 015394 32105 (Do NOT use this number for emergencies - use 999).. Music at Brathay.. Peak Taekwondo 015394 43421.. Rotary Club of Ambleside 015394 32247.. Rowan Court Sheltered Housing 015394 32557.. Royal British Legion 015394 37323.. Rydal Sheepdog Trials 015394 45069.. Rydal Village Society 015394 32005.. 015394 31516.. Skelwith Community Centre 015394 32594.. Skelwith Spinners Weavers 015394 41200.. St John's Ambulance Brigade 015394 33410.. South Lakes Talking Newspaper Association 01539 722529.. Trefoil Guild 015394 34303.. University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus Local Liason Group 015394 30300.. West Ing Sheltered Housing 015394 32492.. Windermere Ambleside Angling Association.. Windermere and Ambleside Lions.. Womens Institute - Westmorland Federation 01539 720921.. Whilst we know quite a lot, we do not claim to know everything that's going on! So if your group or club isn't here, or contact details have changed, don't complain - just tell us and we'll fix it.. You can also have a free display page here for your organisation.. You could use it to announce your aims and achievements, attract new members, ask for support.. Email us.. for more information..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - a Roughish Guide for tourists
    Descriptive info: Roughish Guide to Ambleside,.. a small town in the Lake District National Park, England.. If you want to move on quickly, click on the splats below.. If you want in-depth info, read on.. Choose from categories above for advertisers' listings.. OR.. CLICK HERE.. for Ambleside Tourist Information Centre's.. accommodation booking service.. Below is first hand, up to date and relevant info from.. local people who know.. , and not just about accommodation and eating out.. We take you beyond the mundane listings of hotels, B Bs and attractions, into the hidden local psyche with its dark secrets and repressed passions, and outline some of the ISSUES.. So this section is divided into.. PRACTICALITIES,.. MAPS.. PICTURES of the district.. (separate pages).. PEOPLE CURRENT ISSUES,.. and.. HISTORY.. so where is AMBLESIDE.. ?.. only six hours drive or five hours rail from London, less than two from Manchester or Liverpool, one hour from the Scottish border, three from Edinburgh.. avoid the rest of England (too tiring) and speed instead to unique, relaxing Ambleside, where you will find fine food, wine and ale to complement the glorious lakeside mountain setting of this historic.. er.. sorry, prehistoric community.. It was here before the Roman occupation, which lasted 400 years, it survived and prospered under the Viking invasion and it will be here after the tourist invasion, which so far has lasted only 200 years.. (Blame Wordsworth for this latter invasion please, not the Tourist Board.. As the French revolution cut off the English gentry from their European Grand Tour, their writers and artists began to extol the glory of Lakeland, creating as they did so the necessary myths which are their stock in trade and which survive to this day to persuade the discerning visitor of the rare quality of this landscape.. ).. Holding out stubbornly against this endless horde of apparently tireless walkers, climbers and futile seekers after the long-gone romance of the English countryside, the locals (peasantry, as the 19th century writers would insist) gallantly strive to ignore the alien cultures which mass tourism imposes on their quiet lives, complaining only, as they reap the doubtful material rewards, that.. t' spot's thrang wi' t' boogers.. (.. Eng.. there are rather too many of them, don't you think? ).. PRACTICALITIES.. Where to Stay, Eating Out, getting around,.. and What to do.. A.. s a tourist centre Ambleside has a long and favourable history.. For well over 150 years the town has earned a living catering for visitors, giving them mostly what they wanted, provided they didn't mind what they got.. The last twenty five years have seen a revolution in tourist provision however, as upgrading of catering at all levels has been led by the market and by encouragement from official bodies.. Few could nowadays claim that they cannot enjoy the level of catering they expect.. All sectors of the market, from campers to gourmets, will find satisfactory establishments in Ambleside and its outlying hamlets and villages.. T.. he town is easily reached by road, being 20 miles from the M6 motorway, and is served by several bus services, including National Express.. Rail travel is to Windermere, four miles away with easy bus and taxi access.. There is a direct Manchester Airport/Windermere rail link.. mbleside is a very convenient starting point for excursions, walking, cycling or driving, into all areas of the Lake District, situated as it is at the hub of the area's road system.. F.. or illustrated notes on Ambleside's historical background, please visit our.. History page.. Where to Stay, Eat and Drink.. he proliferation of guides, maps and books on the Lake District is the main reason for having to rebuild the British National Library, allegedly.. There is a frighteningly long list of all types, from pretty picture books to walking guides to accommodation to literary to art.. Lakeland is a publishers' paradise - sell 2000 hardbacks in 12 months for a quick buck then remainder the rest.. Anyone wanting a reliable reference to what is good in the Lakes could do worse than buy.. A GOOD GUIDE TO THE LAKES.. , an annually updated version of what author Hunter Davies and his discerning team of locally based researchers think to be the best on offer.. This includes much more than accommodation and is written by people who should know.. he WEB seems to be going down the book publishers road, spawning a proliferation of sites all claiming to be the best, most authoritative, official guide to the Lake District.. But none beat Ambleside Online if it's Ambleside you want to know about! And quite a few of them rip off our texts, being either too lazy, too ill-informed or incapable of writing anything original themselves.. mbleside OnLine uniquely lists every business in the Ambleside area, including all accommodation and catering establishments.. To find bed and board, you can either go to.. our Accommodation pages.. , where all businesses are listed, many with display ads, web links and direct booking/enquiry facilities, or.. if you want the local Tourist Information Centre to make reservations for you.. or a broader view of what is on offer in the Lake District as a whole the.. Cumbria Tourist Board.. website is worth a look.. Their accommodation listing covers the entire county but is limited to CTB members only.. is a useful site, for background information on the aims and management of the Park.. What to do.. his is a subject of some complexity.. It depends on what you are.. Some locals often wonder why anyone bothers to come, but they have long since taken their surroundings for granted.. M.. ainstream activities in the Lake District have an outdoor emphasis, combined with simple leisurely enjoyment of the magnificent scenery and its literary and artistic heritage.. The area is justly famous as an escape for stressed out urban dwellers, who come to enjoy a little solitude as they walk the hills.. Specialist shops.. , particularly in Ambleside, offer a welcome variation on High Street chains, while.. galleries and small museums.. allow quiet contemplation.. The area is equally famous for its high quality mountaineering opportunities, being the centre of English rock climbing and the country's most popular upland walking area.. good stay in Ambleside for the general visitor might include something of all these interests, combined with an occasional dinner in one of many high quality.. restaurants.. and a sampling of the vast selection of real ales available in the.. pubs.. If you are a sober, contemplative, quiet sort of person who enjoys fine landscape, natural beauty and healthy exercise, you couldn't come to better place.. If you are a.. bon viveur.. , you will not be disappointed in the standards and wide range of catering and accommodation available here.. If you are a crag rat, you won't need telling about the great climbs of every class.. If you just want a good time, relaxed atmosphere and a disco at night, we've got all that.. I.. f the great outdoors is what you want, at local shops and info centres you can buy books and leaflets telling you how to get on to the fells (northern English hills/mountains).. For a taste of Lakeland walking, have a look at our.. walks page.. Mostly you don`t need leaflets, you  ...   at least one long-haul holiday.. Within the community, however, they are generous to a fault.. Ambleside is famous for its support of charities and these people are second to none in giving.. They give away goods for prizes, they give donations, they give their precious time (out of main season).. The jobs they provide are all we`ve got.. 3.. Those who came here to die.. These are a mixture.. They have time on their hands, if not on their side.. Some are totally brilliant.. They do voluntary work and the brainy ones join the University of the Third Age.. Some of them are community minded.. Others are very concerned to protect the area and do the National Park Authority's job for it.. They derive their income from elsewhere and some of them would like tourism to contract to the point where they didn`t notice it, regardless of the effect on others' livelihoods.. They campaign for olde worlde lamp posts and the restoration of dangerous cobbles, and they idealise the Lake District of 150 years ago when lots of locals were starving, emigrating and living till they were 40.. 4.. Tourists.. These are the lifeblood of the town and we are glad they continue to arrive.. We also wish they`d go away, such is the lot of those who can never call their territory their own.. This contradiction causes us to have personality problems.. Tourists are made very welcome except when they come in vast groups and all arrange to meet in the same tiny pub at the same time.. We work very hard to give them what they like in the way of food, accommodation and things to take home.. They sometimes ask silly questions, which makes our day.. Like Is this the ferry for the Isle of Man? at the lake pier.. They are all made very welcome, until they threaten to stay.. 5.. Students.. These study education at the Ambleside campus of the.. (previously St.. Martins College, and Charlotte Mason College) and live in the second homes which have been converted into bedsits by their owners to pay the mortgage.. Some work in pubs and cafés.. Their nose and navel studs provoke comments like.. 'would you want that teaching your kids?'.. from locals who know from experience that some of them get to like Ambleside so much that they will remain here after their courses and try to get jobs teaching our children.. They represent a welcome influx of fresh style and talent from outside the area.. For the interested outside observer,.. it is useful to remember that most of these groupings dislike each other intensely.. If you imagine that you are going to find a haven here of peace and harmony among the tranquil valleys, forget it.. Born and bred locals resent offcomers who prosper while they don't.. Business interests resent the interference of the retired conservationists who try to dominate amenity groups and the local councils, in order to object to development.. Retired conservationists hate everyone who commits the sacrilege of trying to promote tourism in their chosen paradise.. Everybody smiles with one face at the tourists as they take their money, and smirks at them with the other as the rain pours down.. So it's no different from where you live, unless you're holed up in a city and you don't even know what your neighbour looks like.. Some Issues.. hese are many and are mainly caused by the five categories of people above plus those who don`t live here but think they know what`s best for the Lake District.. They really mean what`s best for what they think the Lake District should be and they sometimes forget about those who actually live here and need to make a living.. Here are some issues:.. overpriced housing due to holiday home market.. high cost of living, due to high rates caused by inflated property values and lack of large discount retailers.. no diversity of employment, due to draconian development restrictions, causing over-dependence on tourism and its usually low wage levels and working hours which disrupt family and social life, causing talented young people to emigrate.. Lack of adequate car parking, due to the National Park Authority's policy of making life difficult for motorists in case more come.. (More still come.. ).. or a serious examination of these issues, read.. People in the Park.. , which argues that the National Parks Act discriminates against local residents.. Some Intrigues.. hese are only three of many fascinating imponderables:.. Is it true that ewes are a temptation for virile shepherds in high and hidden places?.. Does cock-fighting continue in lonely secret barns on wild dark nights?.. Is it true that unlawful liasons (historically necessary in small isolated communities) still go on behind the closed doors of remote dwellings?.. Regrettably, because of the insatiable desire of travel writers and promoters of tourism to turn every facet of Lakeland life into an Attraction, we cannot supply the answers to these questions.. It is said, however, that the nearest thing yet to total chaos is Ambleside on Fathers' Day.. Some History.. mbleside's history goes back at least to the Romans, the Vikings (who gave us our local place names) and to Charles Dickens who had this to say in.. Household Words.. :.. Round Ambleside you will indeed find hills and waterfalls - decked with greasy sandwich papers and porter bottles, and the hills echo with the whistles of the Windermere steamers.. brass bands play under your hotel windows, char-a-bancs, wagonettes and breaks of all colours rattle about with cargoes of tourists who have been `doing` some favourite round.. Touts pester you in the streets and in the hotel coffee room you overhear a gentleman ask angrily Why don`t they build an `ut on `elvellyn - they`ve got one on Snowdon.. ickens also made some rude comments about the apparently excessive drinking habits of the local people.. The only thing that has changed is that there are more locals now.. One theory is that this drinking is stress related, brought on by constant territorial invasion by tourists.. popular misconception is that Ambleside has a solely rural past.. It was in fact highly industrialised, involved heavily in the production of charcoal, used in smelting the iron ore of Furness and west Cumbria, then timber for the production of bobbins for the textile industry.. It adopted water power at an early stage and later developed machine tool manufacture.. Quarrying and mining were local industries, and quarrying continues to be, despite attempts by conservationists to stop it, an interesting case of blinkered thinking - we are forced to use local slate and stone for building.. he.. has been recording interviews with local people since 1978, with memories of life as far back as 1885.. The digital archive of interview transcripts is available and searchable online and a series of articles based on these, entitled 'The Way We Were' is also available.. ere are a few pictures of.. old Ambleside.. , which despite the pressures remains a most desirable place in which to live and work, with a fascinating past and present where the diversity, perversity, kindness, generosity and humour of its people never ceases to delight and amaze.. So visit Ambleside before you die, everyone else does!..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - a Roughish Guide for tourists
    Descriptive info: VIEWS OF AMBLESIDE.. Click image to enlarge.. from Kitty Hill.. from Loughrigg.. Shopping precinct.. Market Cross.. River Brathay.. Stock Ghyll Falls.. Stock Beck.. Windermere dawn.. Waterhead, Lake Windermere.. Waterhead dawn.. Send an.. AMBLESIDE ECARD.. now!.. VIEWS OF GRASMERE.. Grasmere.. A peaceful, relatively traffic free village, with strong literary and artistic connections.. Home of many past and present campaigners for the conservation of the Lake District.. The churchyard contains the Wordsworth family graves.. Adjoining is the famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.. Grasmere from Red Bank.. Red Bank Road.. The Lake..  ...   of landscape from nearly every angle.. Sometime home of Coleridge, de Quincy, Wordsworth and other early hippies, now a place of reverence, pilgrimage and gentle walking recreation.. River Rothay.. Rydal Cave.. Rydal Water.. RYDAL ECARD.. VIEWS OF LANGDALE.. 2 Langdale Valleys - Great Little.. Classic Lake District valleys, hill farms, herdwick sheep, steep crags and shining tarns.. Also a mecca for rock climbing and hill walking.. Few shops, famous pubs and good camping.. Langdale Pikes from Elterwater.. Elterwater Common.. Little Langdale Tarn.. Mill Beck Farm.. Slaters Bridge.. LANGDALE ECARD..

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  • Title: Ambleside Online - Accommodation Information
    Descriptive info: Holiday Accommodation in the Ambleside area.. including Grasmere, Rydal and Langdale.. Info.. BOOK DIRECT with Ambleside Online advertisers.. Hotels.. Guest houses/.. B B.. Self catering.. Hostels.. or book through.. Booking service.. Further listings.. Camping.. ACCOMMODATI0N LISTINGS INFORMATION.. Ambleside Online advertisers.. have links to full page display adverts with pictures, descriptive text and contact details for booking enquiries.. They link to the advertisers' own web sites, many of which have online availability and booking facilities.. give the names, addresses and phone numbers of known accommodation businesses not subscribing to Ambleside Online.. LISTING IS BY DISTRICT: Ambleside.. is a small town of around 2000 people and is the centre of the area covered by this web site.. Waterhead.. is a small developed area on the north shore of Lake Windermere, a mile south of the town.. is a sizeable village with shops, pubs and restaurants, about 4 miles to the north, via.. which is a  ...   villages, Hawkshead at the centre having small shops, pubs and restaurants.. RATINGS:.. These are.. English Tourism Council.. star ratings (maximum 5).. These star ratings are based on the available facilities at an establishment, not on quality of service.. Accolades for quality of service are made by Gold or Silver Awards.. The absence of a rating or accolade should not be taken as an indicator of quality, bad or good.. It may mean merely that a rating is currently unknown or that the establishment has not applied for an assessment, or that an assessment is pending, or has simply not registered with the Tourist Board.. In the UK, registration is not compulsory.. Note: the meaning of the term Guest House is under discussion in official circles.. It is generally accepted to mean house accommodation where an evening meal can be obtained by prior arrangement.. Not all 'Guest House' owners agree, some providing B B only..

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  • Title: Ambleside OnLine - Business Index - Galleries
    Descriptive info: Galleries, Museums, Attractions, Activities.. 'Galleries' in this listing means shops selling artworks exclusively, or nearly so.. The Ambleside area has no public art galleries.. ATTRACTIONS ACTIVITIES.. RUFTY TUFTYS.. Indoor Adventure Play Area.. ROTHAY HOLME, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9AD.. 015394 39906.. AMBLESIDE CLIMBING WALL.. at Adventure Peaks.. 101, LAKE ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0DB.. 015394 33794.. AMBLESIDE CAVE.. at Marmot Store.. 100, LAKE ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0DB.. BIKETREKS.. Mountain Bike Hire.. RYDAL ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9AN.. 015394 31245.. GHYLLSIDE CYCLES.. THE SLACK, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9DQ.. 015394 33592.. WHITE PLATTS RECREATION GROUND.. Bowls, Boule, Crazy Golf, Putting, Tennis.. COMPSTON ROAD, AMBLESIDE.. 015394 31332.. MOUNTAIN JOURNEYS.. Guided mountain activities.. 17, Kirkfield Rise, Ambleside, LA22 9DX.. 07971 622616.. 015394 31806.. and boat hire.. ZEFFERELLIS CINEMA RESTAURANT.. COMPSTON RD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9AD.. 015394 33845.. FELLINI'S CINEMA RESTAURANT.. CHURCH ST, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9DL.. HAWKSHEAD SUMMER MUSIC.. Programme of evening  ...   HOUSE, HAWKSHEAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA.. 015394 36541.. HILL TOP HOUSE.. NEAR SAWREY, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0LF.. 015394 36269.. GALLERIES.. HEATON COOPER STUDIO.. GRASMERE, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9SX.. 015394 35280.. MARILYN TORDOFF.. Online Gallery.. 015394 33548.. HOBBS GALLERY.. CHURCH ST, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0BU.. 015394 32882.. 5 +.. DIXONS COURT, LAKE ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0DB.. 015394 33821.. COOKHOUSE GALLERY.. 015394 33861.. KENTMERE GALLERY.. LAKE ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 0AD.. 015394 34443.. LA GALERIE D'ART.. CENTRAL BUILDINGS, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9BS.. 015394 33354.. OLD COURT HOUSE GALLERY.. MARKET PLACE, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9BU.. 015394 32022.. WALTON MOUNT GALLERY.. FAIRVIEW ROAD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9EE.. 015394 32383.. MUSEUMS.. WORDSWORTH TRUST/DOVE COTTAGE MUSEUM.. DOVE COTTAGE, TOWN END, GRASMERE, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9SQ.. 015394 35544.. ARMITT LIBRARY MUSEUM.. RYDAL RD, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA LA22 9BL.. 015394 31212.. RYDAL MOUNT AND GARDENS.. RYDAL, AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA.. 015394 31738.. HAWKSHEAD GRAMMAR SCHOOL.. SEE ALSO.. 'WHATS ON' CALENDAR..

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