City of Ambleside (England)

The city of Ambleside is included to the nation England and to the county Cumbria

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For a discovery stay, Amblesside is the right choice

Amblesside is a small town in the county of Cumbria, in the north-west of England, on the border of Scotland. It counts 2,000 local inhabitants in the old city and is composed of several neighborhoods. For 25 years, it has become a tourist attraction because of its proximity to the Lake District National Park, the second largest natural park in England. The beauty of its hilly landscape, where sheep roam in the green grass and its sensational lakes make it a real haven of peace, where urban people like to take refuge to recharge their batteries. It has been the place of privileged inspiration for romantic writers in the nineteenth century. Although Ambleside is renowned for its calm and quiet climate, the tourist influence has made many places to celebrate.

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History and geography

The Lake District was carved in the Napoleonic era 10,000 years ago, amid harmonious mountains and valleys. At the end of the ice age, the climate warmed up, the fauna and flora developed, which allowed many of its populations to to establish there. 2,000 years before JC, the surroundings of Ambleside were marked by the hand of the man in the agricultural exploitation (meadows disintegrated, trees planted â € |) but also in the trade of stone and tools. In the first century BC, the Romans from Galava Fort near Waterhead settled in the region of Ambleside. The Armitt Museum (Armitt Museum) displays the many remains of this period. After the disruption of the Roman Empire and the reshuffling of territories punctuated by brawls between kingdoms, the Church is striving for the unification of the country. Thus Ambleside was put under the control of Furness Abbey. It is at this time that industrial expansion in the field of iron, timber and livestock begins. Then came the Vikings who gave the name of the city of Ambleside and introduced the current sheep breed: the Herdwicks. Thereafter, Ambleside continues its industrial development, despite its distance from the rest of Britain. The mining activity is spreading and experts from Europe are settling in Ambleside. Copper and slate deposits are also found. The raising and cultivation of barley and oats allow the village to self-suffice. Throughout the centuries, its business is growing: there are still remains today (roads, wire reel factories). Ambleside is stormed by new social classes, the "new rich" of the colonial era. Their arrival will change the region with the construction of sumptuous residences. Its tourist development began in 1850, allowing the development of access roads to the region (current streets are the remains of this era as Lake Road and Church Street). Charles Dickens also speaks of Ambleside in his Roman soap opera "The Difficult Times". Yet, the city was preserved from the tourist invasion in the nineteenth century by the end of railway construction and the founding of a national park. Today, tourism is part of one of the most lucrative sectors of Ambleside. However, building rights are restricted, preventing the arrival of non-locals. The city has hosted many personalities. She also has a university, University of Cumbria, whose reputation is no longer to be done.

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Surrounding towns

  • Windermere ~6 km
  • Ambleside ~0 km
  • Bowness-on-Windermere ~8 km
  • Grasmere ~5 km
  • Coniston ~10 km
  • Staveley ~11 km
  • Hawkshead ~6 km
  • Crook ~12 km
  • Newby Bridge ~18 km
  • Burneside ~15 km

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Getting to Ambleside

Bus networks regulate the city (with Stagecoach Buses). You can also get to Ambleside by train: the nearest train station is 4 miles to Windermere and a network of buses and taxis make the transfer (about ten companies). Car rental services are also available in the city of Ambleside. There are no direct airports: you have to stop at Manchester (bus ride to Ambleside), Liverpool, Carlisle or Newcastle. If you want to travel to Ambleside from London, it will take 6 hours by car or 5 hours by train. On site, the car is the best way to get around and visit the area. Indeed, Ambleside is at the center of the flagship sights around the lake (about an hour drive). If you do not want to rent a car, you can use public transport, which serves multiple destinations but remains expensive and has a low frequency of passage.

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