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This Lake District town is always being named among the UK’s prettiest and is home to the country’s smallest house.
Located at the top of Windermere, the UK’s largest natural lake, and built around Stock Ghyll river, Ambleside is a small town with a population of just 2,600 people.
The high street is lined with beautiful traditional slate buildings occupied by independent businesses, as well as a number of pubs and restaurants. There are shops for everything from books and wine to fudge and artisan foods.
There are also lots of beauty spots for visitors to see in Ambleside including Bridge House, Britain’s smallest home – and one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District.
Stock Ghyll Force, a 70ft waterfall is mere minutes from town, and just over two miles away is Rydal Cave, a large lakeside cavern created as a result of slate quarrying.
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The town’s origins go back to Roman times, with a fort in nearby Waterhead, and has historic connections such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.
Ferries, known locally as Steamers, run most days from Waterhead to Bowness and Lakeside, giving views of the impressive lake and surrounding mountains. And in the summer months visitors can take a horse drawn carriage from town to the pier.
Known as a hiker’s paradise, the town is very popular among walkers and bikers, with lots of dedicated shops offering specialist equipment. A number of trails begin near Waterhead Pier for a chance to see all the area has to offer.
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Adventure lovers are sure to find something to do with outdoor activities such as abseiling, climbing and bushcraft available around the lake.
According to Rightmove, the town’s average house price for the last year is £472,285. Zoopla reports it as £649,975.
There is no railway station in Ambleside so the best way to get there by public transport is to get a train to Windermere and a 15-minute bus to Ambleside. Access by road is simple via the A591.
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