Things to do nearby 4 Miller Bridge
Ambleside is a gem of a town in the very heart of the Lake District. Being situated at the head of Lake Windermere, England's largest natural lake, and nestled amongst some spectacularly picturesque fells it really is a wonderful destination. It has something for everyone with plenty of outdoor adventures to be had both on the fells and on the water, fantastic places to eat and drink and a rich history dating as far back as Roman times and including a rich literary legacy with both William Wordswith and Beatrix Potter having made their homes nearby. 4 Miller Bridge House is perfectly situated to enjoy everything it has to offer while also having the advantage of being in a tranquil part of town.
Bridge House is an iconic Lake District attraction dating back to the 17th century. It is also one of the most photographed buildings in the Lakes. The tiny building stands over Stock Beck and serves as a small shop for the National Trust. It's such a quirky relic of the Lake District's history I dare you not to take a photo of it! At one time Stock Beck powered a number of watermills, producing corn, bobbins, fabrics and paper. Some still remain and you can see one of these mills and original workings opposite the Giggling Goose café.
One of the most rewarding short walks from the town centre is to Stock Ghyll Force. Follow the short half-hour trail up to the magnificent 60 foot waterfall. You'll find this walk signposted behind the Old Market Hall at the bottom of Stock Ghyll Lane. The falls are truly a sight to behold so make sure you have your camera ready.
Quite literally out the back door is lovely Loughrigg Fell and Loughrigg Terrace. Loughrigg Fell is a pleasant walk overlooking Grasmere and Rydal Water. There are several gentle paths leading to beautiful viewpoints and picnic locations making it perfect for a day out. Make sure you include a visit to the cave with the jagged open mouth!For those of you wanting a more strenuous outing the Fairfield Horseshoe is a stunning mountain walk featuring 8 different mountain tops (great for Wainwright fans). Experience panoramic views across the Lake District on this walk from Ullswater to the Scafells. It makes a wonderful summer day out and a great excuse for a post walk pint of local real ale in one of Ambleside's fantastic pubs.
William Wordsworth made Rydal Mount his home for the last 36 years of his life and it's not hard to see how he drew such great inspiration from its stunning setting. The house and gardens are set between Ambleside and Grasmere and the property has incredible views over Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding Lake District fells. It's well worth a visit as you really get a feeling of what a beloved family home it was.
Ambleside has a vibrant cultural scene with several museums, galleries and studios. The Heaton Cooper Studio is a gallery and art shop which was founded by the landscape artist Alfred Heaton Cooper in 1905. For years the Studio's paintings and books have influenced the way the landscape of the Lake District has been viewed. Some of our other favourite galleries are the Old Court House, Walton Mount, Cookhouse and Hobbs. The Armitt Library and Museum is a hub of local history and Beatrix Potter donated many of her natural history watercolours here. Heading outside the town there are a vast number of historical houses to visit from Blackwell, a joy for arts and crafts buffs, to Wray Castle a fairy tale of a place with empty rooms for you to imagine your own place in its history.
Why not make the most of Ambleside's wonderful position at the head of Windermere, England's largest natural lake by catching one of the steamers or launches. There are a fantastic number of places of interest to visit accessible from any of the stops or you can just relax and take in the glorious scenery.
During the Roman Empire, Ambleside was an important site. The Romans built a fort at Waterhead between Windermere and Ambleside to guard Hardknott Pass their important supply road between Brougham and Ravenglass. The fort was called Galava and dates back to Hadrian's rule (2nd century). The site is free to visit and there are plenty of information boards to explain the layout of the ruins.
Zeffirellis is an independent cinema, restaurant and jazz bar, established over 30 years ago. It's something of an Ambleside icon having hosted film premiers such as Withnail and I and Downhill. Zeffirelli's, as well as its younger sister Fellini's, shows the latest film releases as well as indy gems and serves fabulous vegetarian food. Why not have a pre-movie meal then a post movie chat while listening to some live jazz?
Being situated in the centre of the Lake District makes this a wonderful jumping off point for exploring further afield. For the confident drivers among you why not head over one of the mountain passes such as Kirkstone Pass which leads from the town over to Ullswater. At an altitude of 1,489 feet Kirkstone Pass is the highest mountain pass in the Lake District that is open to motor traffic. It stretches from Ambleside to Patterdale and takes in some glorious views on its way. Named for a huge rock resembling the shape of a church hence “Kirk” (the Old Norse word for church) stone. In the summer months there is a regular bus service going over the pass to Windermere which opens up many more linear walks from the door without having to trouble your car keys.
The area offers a fabulous array of bridleways for mountain bikers and a range of quiet roads for the road cyclists among you. Of course the Hardknott, Wrynose and Kirkstone Passes make an appearance in many classic Lake District cycling events and they make for excellent training opportunities! Alternatively for a rather more sedate pedal why not cycle around the lake and catch a launch steamer back? Very civilised.
This area of the Lake District and Ambleside in particular has an embarassment of riches when it comes to places to eat and drink. There's everything from quirky cafes such as the Rattle Gill, to traditional pubs serving home cooked food and local real ales like The Unicorn. For the gourmets among you there is a wealth of restaurants such as the much loved Lucy's On A Plate in the town centre, highly acclaimed restaurant Lake Road Kitchen, also within walking distance of 4 Miller Bridge House and Michelin starred dining at The Samling just outside town. With these and many more there's something to suit every taste.