|Ambleside is a town in Cumbria in north-west England. It has a population of about 3,000.
Ambleside is situated at the head of Windermere, England's largest lake. The town is within the Lake District National Park, in the Westmorland area.
Steamers (in reality diesel-powered) 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 selection of hotels, guesthouses, pubs and restaurants.
The Armitt Library and Museum provides a fascinating source of local history with a collection which represents many of the local artists and writers of the past.
Its name came from Old Norse Á-mel-sǽtr = "river — sandbank — summer pasture".
On the west, Loughrigg Fell rises above the town; to the north are Red Screes and the hills of the Fairfield group; to the east is Wansfell Pike.
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