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Situated right on the shores of Lake Windermere, this stylish Youth Hostel offers unbeatable location, stunning views and state of the art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups looking for a base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.

While within walking distance of the charming village of Ambleside, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and watersports in the Lake District - the hostel overlooks the nearby Langdale Pikes. Ambleside Pier is situated right next to the Youth Hostel and, with a modern bar and restaurant serving good food and local ales, you'll never run out of things to do during your stay.

The Ambleside village has plenty of shops to browse, three cinemas for evening entertainment and plenty of great pubs to refresh you after your activity-filled day. We can organise outdoor activity packages for groups, including rock climbing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling and canoeing. If you're on a walking holiday, don't forget to ask at reception for walking routes in the area.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!


This modern 249 bed accommodation has both private and dorm rooms, some of which are en-suite.

YHA Ambleside at a glance:

£1.4 million renovation
Refurbished restaurant and licensed bar
Decked terrace overlooking Lake Windermere
11 rooms with en-suites
Ideal for action-packed family holidays
FREE WiFi for YHA members!
Right next door to Ambleside Pier, we have our own jetty and slipway

Food and Drink


We offer a full hot and cold buffet breakfast to kick-start your day. Breakfast is available from 7.30 - 9.30am. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.


The Lakeside is the fantastic restaurant at YHA Ambleside. The Lakeside restaurant and bar provides guests and the public with the opportunity to dine in a contemporary, relaxed and cosy atmosphere right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Windermere with delicious meals on offer throughout the day from 12 - 9pm. The bar is open to the public until 11pm.


Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine in our licensed bar.

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is avaialable per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.

Self-Catering Facilities

We have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen which is great for creating culinary delights and a dining room with seating for 20 people. There is plenty of space for you to store and prepare your food as well as ample table and cookware and pots and pans.

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The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 Boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles that require scrambling with your hands. Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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