Visit Ambleside Pier (aka Waterhead Pier) to launch into adventures on Lake Windermere. Embark on boat tours into the heart of the beguiling Lake District National Park from Ambleside Pier. Sit at the waterfront and admire uninterrupted views of some of the finest lake and mountain scenery on offer in England.
The pier juts out from the northeasterly point of Lake Windermere. Gaze over the lake’s rippling water towards the lush green landscapes and mountain peaks of the Langdale Valley. The views are impressive from the pier, lakeshore path and gardens of nearby cafés and pubs. Watch as passenger ferries, private sailboats and rowboats come and go from the piers.
Experience the beauty of the lake on leisurely boat tours. Steamers and launches (open motorboats) depart from the pier and call at lake villages and tourist attractions. Stop at Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the Lake District Visitor Centre and at Windermere Jetty, for the Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. In summertime you can catch a boat to Wray Castle, walk the western shoreline for 5 miles (8 kilometers) and then return by boat.
Discover the lake at your own pace on a self-drive tour. Traditional rowboats and motorboats, both with capacities for up to six passengers, are available to rent at the pier. Dogs and children are welcome to come along for the ride. Other options for water-based adventures are kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Be sure to include a visit to the attractions of Ambleside village, which is a 15-minute walk or quick horse-drawn carriage ride away. Find bookstores, cafés and clothing outlets set inside slate and stone-built buildings. See Bridge House, which inspired artists such as J.M.W. Turner, and walk to Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.
The easiest way to reach Ambleside Pier and Ambleside is by boat and car. Parking is available at the entrance to the pier. A public bus service connects with Bowness-on-Windermere and the market town of Kendal.