Ambleside is a lovely town and a 'must visit' place if you are staying in the Lake District.
It is a smallish town (so unspoilt) but big enough to have a decent coffee shop and a range of shops as well as a few more touristy attractions.
You can take a ferry trip across to Windemere from nearby Waterhead. If you park in Waterhead it is a 15 minute walk into Ambleside.
There is also a lovely little walk up to the waterfalls (entrance located behind the bank next to the Salutation Hotel) http://www.lake-district-guides.co.uk/walksvalley/walksvalley4a.html
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