Ambleside is gaining popularity year on year. Of course it is obvious that it’s a popular destination. Ambleside has restaurants, bar and pubs, more outdoor shops than you can shake a stick at and lots of lovely gift shops, it even has a cinema. Despite this, Ambleside is not for everyone. With growth and popularity, this in turn makes it a very busy town. Sometimes getting away from it all really means getting away from it all.
This is not to say that Ambleside should be avoided, not at all, it is well worth a couple of visits when staying in and around it. The shops really are very good and the restaurants too.
Surrounding Ambleside there are some very quaint, very peaceful villages that will fulfil any real getaway from it all requirement particularly the area to the west of Ambleside. To the west you will find villages such as Hawkshead, Near and Far Sawrey. These areas have all you require for a great Lake District holiday or weekend break with a wide choice of high quality bed and breakfasts, hotels and guest houses as well as super country pubs and restaurants. All this but at a much slower, quieter pace than Ambleside.
Far Sawrey and Hawkshead are delightful villages. Faw Sawrey is the home of the National Trust Hill Top property, the once home of Beatrix Potter. Hawkshead just down the road is home to the her gallery, also owned and run by the National Trust. Then what brings most visitors and guests to the Lake, District, the wonderful lakes and mountains.
If staying in a bed and breakfast in Hawkshead, you can even take advantage of the nearby landing for the Hawkshead Ferry, a car ferry that takes passengers and vehicles across Lake Windermere to dock at Bowness. This is such a convenient way of getting to Bowness and Windermere eliminating the need to take the lengthy road right around the Lake.
So with peace and tranquillity, yet with the hustle and bustle being not too far away, Hawkshead and the surrounding villages are a well worth looking up.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Cuckoo Brow Inn is a great choice. Food and beverages served daily along with 14 bedrooms, walker, children and dog friendly. Visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details.