Ambleside and Stock Ghyll Force Waterfalls (including trip in winter)
We spent the second day of our holiday exploring Ambleside. Beginning at our accommodation at Waterhead, we wandered along Windermere’s shore where there are plenty of gift shops and cafes, before finding our way to Borrans Park. It’s a wide open space which is great for sitting out in the summer. It was bright sunshine and beautifully warm.
We then headed into the centre of Ambleside for some lunch.
After wandering through the town, we came across a little café called Mr H’s, which I can highly recommend. Wonderful food, great service and a fantastic décor – I’ve been back time and time again.
Upon finishing our lunch, we set off for Stock Gyhll Force Waterfalls. It’s a little out of the way to get to, but it’s another world from bustling Ambleside once you find your way onto the path.
You can immediately hear the whoosh of the water and are suddenly surrounded by trees.
The path was fairly sodden but we made our way up the steady incline to see, what only can be described as spectacular, waterfalls.
The 70 foot falls flow down into Ambleside down a series of waterfalls and pass under the famous bridge house. It was gorgeous and the sound was incredible! We spent a long time listening and wandering along the path from which you can see many different viewpoints.
The route is circular and we all too soon found ourselves back in central Ambleside. With the majority of the day still to go, we headed back to Waterhead and Borrans Park, where we bought a icecream from one of the many cafés along the lakeside and found a perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine. Before leaving, I realised there were the remains of a Roman Fort. In reality, it wasn’t much but there was some good information and the views from the open meadow were definitely worth it.
I returned to Ambleside in the winter to see the snow. It was magical as I’d never seen it like this before, and I just had to include one of my favourite pictures with this post!