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Ambleside YHA

From Ambleside you can explore the quiet northern fringes of Windermere and the river Rothey. By bike you can follow Lake District cycle routes to Low Wray, Rydal, Grasmere and beyond.


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United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Open weekends only at present.

Please note we do not always have card payment facilities at this site.

Closed for the winter

On the water

Our Ambleside adventure hut, situated in the garden of Ambleside YHA, will give you access to the northern fringes of Windermere with its quiet shoreline and the beautiful river Rothay.  Our expert staff will give you all the help and equipment you need to begin your adventure.

Explore by bike

From Ambleside you also have direct access to super scenic cycle routes which follow lake and river to iconic Lake District locations such as Rydal, Grasmere, Langdale and beyond.  

For the more adventurous, ask our staff about the nearby mountain bike trails of Loughrigg or Troutbeck and Jenkin's crag.

The location

The YHA itself has a great cafe and lakeshore garden whilst Waterhead boasts many other eateries and places to take refreshments al fresco.
Ambleside, with its shops cafes and restaurants is a short walk away.

Parking (pay on exit) at Waterhead car park

Public toilets in car park

Lots of cafes and restaurants nearby

NB No changing facility unless you are a guest of the YHA

Activities from Ambleside YHA