With Lake Windermere just a short stroll it’s easy to spend your holiday enjoying all that the lake can offer.  Head to Low Wood to learn to sail, or Waterhead to rent a motor or paddle boat, or hop on board a ferry for a cruise of the entire lake!

Joy can also be found at many of our smaller lakes, from paddle-boarding on Coniston to wild-swimming in many of the lakes and tarns.


You don’t need to be an intrepid adventurer to enjoy the beauty of the Lake District. There are many easy walks from Rothay Manor, which give you breath-taking views, without a heart-attack! For the more adventurous, Ambleside is a wonderful base to tackle some of our best-known mountains, and to bag a Wainwright or two, all with the knowledge that after a day of hiking you will be welcomed back to your home-from-home at Rothay Manor.

If you need any suggestions for walks we are here to help. Please make sure you consult the local weather forecast, and don’t forget your waterproofs!


Just a short drive from Rothay Manor you will find one of our great forests. Look out for Britain’s only indigenous woodland herd of native red deer, or look up to the sky to spot a red kite. For the more active you can walk the many trails, hire mountain bikes or Segways or head to the trees for a GoApe adventure.


Heralded as one of the birthplaces of modern Mountaineering, the Lake District is a well-known destination for rock climbing. With a fantastic indoor wall in Ambleside, to help get you started, and a number of great independent instructors to take your skills outside, it won’t be long until you’re climbing some of the most famous routes in the area.


There are so many great mountain biking trails from the door of Rothay Manor so whether heading on a family adventure, or hoping for some heart-pounding action you will be spoilt for choice.

If road biking is more to your taste we have some great hill climbs, which can rival many an Alpine Col, and some of the toughest gradients in the UK.


The trails and fells are a wonderful place to explore on horseback, and offer half day and full day trail rides, for beginners to experts.

For more experienced riders, have a day to remember riding beautiful Friesian horses on the Cumbrian beaches, or for the inexperienced enjoy the Cumbrian lanes on a horse-drawn carriage ride


When you’ve had your fill of the fells, and need a little time to relax, head to the Waterfall Spa in Ambleside. Enjoy a range of treatments and packages and feel truly pampered. As guests of Rothay Manor we can also offer complimentary vouchers* to the pool area, where you will find a 13mtr swimming pool, sauna, stream room, tropical shower and jacuzzi.

*Complimentary tickets are restricted to 2 per room, and only available to clients who book direct. Vouchers can be purchased at the cost of £10 per voucher.



Armitt Museum – Founded by poets, artists and writers the The Armitt Musuem is one of Britain’s rarest small museum, and currently hosts a Beatrix Potter exhibition.

Wordsworth Museum – Discover the life of William Wordsworth at the home where he wrote his greatest poetry, and where you can still find the family’s belongings. In the museum you will find a huge collection of manuscripts, painting and artefacts.


Hill top – Beatrix Potter’s former home is situated near Hawkshead, and is just as she left it! It houses many events throughout the year, and is a great attraction for young and old.

Townend – A 400 year-old farmhouse bought to life. Step back in time to discover how a regular Cumbrian family lived over the centuries.


Rydal Mount – the historic home of William Wordsworth, its beautiful garden remain very much as Wordsworth designed them with fell-side terraces, rock pools and an ancient mound.

Stagshaw Gardens – Just a short stroll from Ambleside you will come across this informal woodland garden, which in the spring and summer burst into life. Follow rambling paths into Skelghyll wood and look out for the tallest Grand Fir in England!