Not everyone comes to the Lake District to climb the fells. We have festivals, great shops and museums too. I like Cockermouth and Ambleside for shopping; there are plenty of great independent shops near our self catering Lake District cottages. It is nice to find something a little bit different, something you wouldn’t normally find on the high Street.
Here is a guide to some of the best shops in Ambleside:
Detail is my go to shop when I need a greetings card. I can never buy just one though, their selection is just too good. You can always rely on them for something a little bit quirky. Detail also sells funky homewares from Orla Keily, Herdy and Joseph Joseph.
I just love the Bath House, the front window exudes luxury. Inside you can buy all manner of grooming products, in particular, the men’s grooming products are slightly more extravagant than normal razors and would make a great gift.
The Fresh Bread Shop
On Kelsick Road near the library, there is a small bakery stocking beautiful bread. There is a good selection of loaves and rolls, great for taking out for a picnic. I bought some delicious Rye bread to take home to enjoy with pate and soup.
The Rock Shop is something of a gold mine. It looks quite unassuming from outside but inside you will find some pretty spectacular fossils, all for sale too! The rock pit is superb, full of polished semi precious stones, like a ball pool. As long as you take your shoes off, you can dive in and enjoy the sensation.
Ambleside Wine Shop
Despite the name, the wine shop sells local beers, world wines and lots of whiskey. Whatever your fancy, you can pick up something to enjoy. In particular you can pick up local cider and damson gin.
There are plenty of outdoor shops in Ambleside and the Climbers Shop is one of the best. They provide expert boot fitting, advice on the right clothing and best of all; they are all locals and can advise you on walking or climbing routes too.
If you are looking for somewhere for a bite to eat, try out Ambleside’s best kept secret – Bilbo’s, a cheap and cheerful café that serves all day breakfasts and is dog friendly.