A key spot in the Lake District National Park
"Lake Windermere, the northern end"
The Romans once had a fort here called the Galava, close to the River Brathay and the River Rothay, which flows into Lake Windermere.
Ambleside is also known for its associations with a number of famous literary people with William Wordsworth being the most famous. William Wordsworth had his office here when he was the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland. At St. Mary's Church there is Wordsworth chapel. Close to Ambleside on the road to Grasmere is Rydal Mount, once the home of William and his family.