Fairfield Horseshoe, Ambleside. Image by Cumbria Tourism

Walks

There are many short walks you can access from the town. 

A short loop taking in the famous Ruskin’s view, the radical steps, the river and Devil’s Bridge will take about an hour or less. At the Visitor Information Centre you can pick up a town map for a small charge to help you find the way.

There are also delightful walks around and to local villages including Casterton and Barbon. 

You will doubtless want to visit some of the classic Lakeland towns like Ambleside and Grasmere with famous walks including the Coffin Trail. The heritage of Wordsworth and Potter also provides some great walking, and some excellent national trust properties. And if you are a serious walker then you can tackle some of the Lake District’s high fells. 

Derwentwater-from-Latrigg-sunrise
Derwentwater-from Latrigg-sunrise. Image by Cumbria Tourism

The Dales will also be on your list; you can access a variety of short walks from villages of Ingleton and Clapham. There’s a waterfalls trail at Ingleton. 

If you are dedicated walker, plan a hike up the local fell of Ingleborough.

Or you could have a go at the Three Peaks. The Three Peaks, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent are in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Each year, thousands of visitors take up the challenge to reach the summit of them. Find out more about The Three Peaks here.

For bird watching try a walk around Arnside RSPB at Leighton Moss, or walk along the old station path to Arnside, which will take you onto the prom. You can continue around the peninsula, but stay off the beach where the tide and sands can be dangerous.

Morecambe and Grange-Over-Sands also both have great promenade walks to blow away the cobwebs.