Just an hour by car from Scotland's border and no more than two from Manchester, Ambleside remains one of the most charmingly
unspoilt corners of the UK today. Having somehow escaped the ravages of rampant tourism, this community that dates back to prehistoric
times is lavishly wrapped in a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery and crystal-clear lakes. Nearby Lake District towns of Windermere and Grasmere are also great places to visit and no more than a ten minute drive away.
A firm favourite of travellers in the know for a mere 200 years, Ambleside is a year-round destination that really comes to life
in the summer. During the warmer months, visitors are privileged with some wonderfully diverse and unique events, including sheep
dog trials, any number of country fairs and the ever-famous Rushbearing Ceremony.
When things cool down, entertainment moves indoors to Ambleside's abundance of theatres and concert halls, where the region's
very best actors and musicians deliver world-class performances and recitals pretty much every evening.
Justifying its recent proclamation as the 'Anorak Capital of the World' Ambleside is not the place to come for bog-standard
chain store shopping. Think more along the lines of unique local stores, craft stalls and organic fare the likes of which have,
in most cities, been confined to history books.
And speaking of fare, Ambleside is a Mecca for lovers of good food, high-quality wine and an endless array of locally produced ales.