Watersports

Watersports in Ambleside

Overview

The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to. The best time for wild swimming here is early morning avoiding the main boat traffic or better still, join an organised guided swim with Head to the Hills Swim the Lake District who also run taster sessions at the hostel in the spring.

What makes it special

  • Wild swimming

Hostels nearby

Watersports in Ambleside

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Map references

Lat/Lng: 54.428736, -2.961333

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Other things to do nearby

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

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BMC Hill Walking

BMC Hill Walking Event 2020

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Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount

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Troutbeck Village

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Windermere

Brockhole Visitor Centre

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Cycling in Ambleside and Windermere

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cycling

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Dove Cottage

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Mountain Guide instructs a group of young people

Highpoint Mountain Guides

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Merz Barn

Merz Barn

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St Oswalds Church

St Oswalds Church

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Walking

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