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Crossroads of the Lake District

Ambleside can be considered the central crossroads of the Lake District, north to Keswick and Derwentwater, South to Windermere and Kendal. To the West is Skelwith Bridge and the Langdale's while a breathtaking trip over Kirkstone Pass produces Ullswater and Glenridding.
A busy town for the passing tourist with plenty of shops restaurants with plenty of accommodation, Bridge House was once an orchard apple store before it became home for a basket weaver and his family. The Smallest house in Cumbria it is now an Information Centre


The quaint Gingerbread Shop was built in 1660 as Grasmere's School and today bakes Sarah Nelson's World Famous Recipe daily, as it has since 1854.
The Gingerbread House is located in the corner of the churchyard and will deliver Worldwide with Cumberland Rum Butter 

Dove Cottage near Grasmere the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy is open and has a Museum with Tea Room and Gift Shop along with Accommodation at How Foot Lodge, all within walking distance of the town centre.  Tel: 015394-355-44

Rydal mount overlooking Windermere was Wordsworth's home from 1813 - 1850. His attic study and the living quarters of his wife Mary and Children which were born at Dove Cottage are open to view. As are the four acres of garden which Wordsworth tended to personally.

Kirkstone Pass





Skelwith Bridge


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