- Hiking - Lots of great trails leave directly from Ambleside. Nothing is too rigorous but there are nice views over the lakes and the crumbling stone walls and farmhouses create interesting scenery. On Easter weekend there are also plenty of newborn lambs. The quaint villages (Troutbeck, Grasmere) provide a good stop for tea or a pint.
- Eating - Ambleside is overflowing with restaurants but our favorite was The Log House (bruschetta w/ beetroot chutney as a twist, lamb on root/mint mash and killer pavlova for desert). We also had a great local cheese and chutney sandwich for lunch at Lucy's Deli.
- Sleeping - We stayed at the Old Vicarage B&B which has huge rooms, English breakfasts and the obligatory (but acceptable) level of funkiness for a B&B. The hot tub seemed incongruous but after a long hike it made perfect sense.
As for the downsides, it's hard to think of any. We were fully expecting a day of rain but that never materialized. The town was crowded but that didn't extend to the trails. All in all, a great trip.
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