The town is within the Lake District National Park.

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Ambleside features an oceanic climate, but being within the Lake District it does experience higher annual rainfall than the average for the North-West of England.

Parts of the town have been flooded on numerous occasions, with the River Rothay breaking its banks during Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The village of Alvaston has existed since at least the eleventh century.

Rapid expansion came in the second half of the 19th Century and in 1904 the electric tram replaced the horse-bus service and, with the advent of the motor car, London Road became the A6.

Ambleside is a base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking.

It has a number of hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants as well as shops.Ambleside is also home to the headquarters of Brathay Exploration Group, a youth charity based just beyond Clappersgate on the road to Hawkshead.The album CSI: Ambleside, by Birkenhead-based band Half Man Half Biscuit, is named after the town.Listed Grade I, the building is now used as an information centre for the National Trust, and is part of the Trust's Windermere and Troutbeck property.The building was depicted by the Victorian landscapist Lewis Pinhorn Wood (1848-1918) in his late 19th century work The Cobbler's Shop on the Bridge.In particular, there are a number of shops selling equipment for walkers and climbers in the town.