Ambleside is a town in Cumbria in North West England Historically within the county of Westmorland, it is situated at the head of Windermere, Englands largest water. The town is within the Lake District National Park
‘Steamers' (in reality diesel-powered ferries) run to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside offering fine views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Ambleside is a base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has a number of hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants as well as shops. In particular, there are a number of shops selling equipment for walkers and climbers in the town. Ambleside is a popular starting point for the Fairfield horseshoe, a hillwalking ridge hike.
Ambleside is also home to the headquarters of Brathay Exploration Group, a youth charity based just beyond Clappersgate the road to Hawkshead. The album CSI: Ambleside, by Birkenhead based band Half Man Half Biscuit, is named after the town.