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A little history about: Ambleside

Nestled amidst the breath-taking landscapes of England’s Lake District National Park, Ambleside is the go-to destination for anyone seeking adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Like its neighbouring villages, the town has a fascinating past with early settlements dating as far back as Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. The Romans also had a presence in the region, their settlement still visible in the ancient ruins at Waterhead.

Ambleside’s name is derived from the Old Norse “Á-mel-sǽtr,” meaning “river – sandbank – summer pasture.” The Vikings settled in the area around the 9th century, and the town grew as a centre for farming and trade.

Ambleside’s trade industry flourished through the decades and by the medieval period, the town was placed under the control of the barony of Kendal. This would later be passed onto the monks of Furness Abbey and create essential trade routes across the region.

In the 19th century, Ambleside experienced significant growth due to the Industrial Revolution. The town’s ideal location on the road between Kendal and Keswick made it an important hub for trade and transportation.

The arrival of the railway in nearby Windermere in 1847 further boosted Ambleside’s accessibility and led to an increase in tourism. The Victorians brought grandeur and opulence to the area, drawn in by the beauty and literary notability.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a surge in tourism to the Lake District, driven by the Romantic movement and the desire to experience unspoiled natural landscapes. Ambleside became a popular base for visitors exploring the region, offering picturesque scenery, outdoor activities such as hiking and boating, and a range of accommodation options.

Today, Ambleside stands as the heart of the Lake District and a must-visit for anybody seeking adventure and an experience like no other. Wind through cobbled streets and discover the very best outdoor shops in Cumbria. Indulge in local delicacies or touch the clouds atop high mountains. If you are seeking a Lake District holiday to remember, then look no further. 

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