Ambleside & Lake Windermere
DISTANCE: 20 km or 12.5 miles plus cruise (7 miles)
DURATION: 7–8 hours
REFRESHMENTS: Ambleside, Holehird Gardens
Cruise from Bowness to Ambleside on Windermere
Galava Roman fort
Armitt Museum – exquisite watercolours by Beatrix Potter
Bridge House – much photographed building over Stock Beck
Townend – preserved example of a yeoman farmer’s house with original furniture and fixtures
Jesus Church with fine pre-Raphaelite East Window
Holehird Gardens – 10-acre hillside garden, managed by Lakeland Horticultural Society as a ‘garden for all seasons’
SUGGESTED ITINERARY (all times are approximate)
09.10 Depart hotel.
09.30 Sailing departs from Bowness to Ambleside.
10.05 Arrive Ambleside. Drive to Galava (30 min visit).
10.45 Armitt Museum (at least 1 hour)
12.00 LUNCH in Ambleside including visit to Bridge House (1½ hours).
13.45 Townend for self-guided tour of house (1 hour)
15.00 Jesus Church (30 mins)
15.35 Holehird Gardens (1 hour)
16.40 Hammar Bank viewpoint on return journey (15 mins)
17.00 Return to hotel
Armitt Museum – best days to visit are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Townend – open Wed to Sunday only. Guided tours at 11.00 and 12.00.
House open self-guided tours from 1.00. Thursday afternoon baking demonstration of a traditional recipe.