Excursion H: Ambleside, free time and lake cruise.
For those who wish to explore by themselves, we offer a Windermere lake cruise to Waterhead, Ambleside. We arrive at Waterhead approximately 1100 and rejoin the coach at 1645 so there is plenty of free time to explore Ambleside. Ambleside town centre is approximately one mile from the pierhead. A short walk, a horse-drawn carriage or a charabanc will take you to the centre of Ambleside.
A charabanc in central Ambleside.
A short walk from Waterhead brings you to Borrans Park, where you will find the remains of the Roman fort of Galava.
Ambleside is a typical Lake District town with most building constructed of local stone and slate. It is a bustling tourist centre with many shops and places to eat or drink. Activities in Ambleside might include a visit to Stock Ghyll waterfall, the Armitt Museum, the remains of the ~100 AD Roman fort (Galava), adventure with a rowboat on the lake or walk along the lake shore, as you wish. There are plenty of places to purchase lunch in Ambleside, but packed lunches can be provided on request.
Waterhead and Stock Ghyll waterfall
|1030||Board the departure on a Windermere Lake cruise at Bowness|
|1110||Arrive in Waterhead. Free time to explore the shops of Ambleside, visit Stock Ghyll waterfall, the Armitt Museum, take a rowboat on the lake or walk along the lake shore.|
|1645||Meet back at the coach|
|1745||Arrive back at Lancaster|
A Windermere steamer