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EMERGENCY SERVICES: Phone 999 for Police, Fire, Ambulance (for Mountain Rescue, phone for Police first)
Crimestoppers: 0800 555111
Westmorland Gazette
1 Wainwrights Yard, Kendal LA9 4DP.
Phones: News and all departments 01539 720555, Advertising 01539 725591
Fax: News/Sport 01539 720990, Advertising 01539 723618Local correspondents: Ambleside: Jane Renouf (015394 34411) also EmailRadio:
BBC Radio Cumbria,
Annetwell St,
Carlisle CA3 8BB
(01228 592444)
Kendal Studio (Brewery Arts Centre): 01539 720230Bay Radio
Trinity Enterprise Centre, Ironworks Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PN (01229 839969)
Lakeland Radio
Lakeland Food Park, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8QJ
A Community commercial radio station covering the South Lakeland Area

BBC North West,
New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 7HB

Border Television,
Television Centre, Carlisle: 01228 525101

Granada Television,
News Centre, White Cross, Lancaster: 01524 60688

CHEMISTS: Bells Chemist, Lake Road, Ambleside (015394 33345)

Boots the Chemist, 8/9 Market Cross, Ambleside (015394 33355)

Grasmere Pharmacy, Broadgate, Grasmere (015394 35553)

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: for Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere areas,
above the Windermere Public Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere (015394 46464), website
Also CAB Online for online debt advice –
HEALTH SERVICES Doctors: Ambleside Health Centre, Rydal Road, Ambleside (015394 32693).

District Nursing Sister & Health Visitor: Ambleside Health Centre (015394 33601)

Family Planning & Well Woman Clinic Ambleside Health Centre (015394 33601)

Dentist (NHS): Mint Dental, Rydal Road, Ambleside. Tel. 34999

Optician: Ambleside Opticians, North Road, Ambleside. Tel. 31331

Hospital: Westmorland General Hospital, Oxenholme Road, Kendal (01539 732288).

Private (non-NHS) practitioners: see Professional Services

INTERNET ACCESS Internet access facilities are available to the public at:

Ambleside Public Library, Kelsick Road (see below for opening hours)

Esquires Coffee Shop, Compston Road

Ambleside YHA (Youth Hostel) at Waterhead (Hostel open daily from 7.30am till 11.00 pm)

LIBRARY: Kelsick Road, Ambleside (015394 32507)
Opening Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 1pm-7pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday closed all day, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-1pm
LOCAL AUTHORITIES Ambleside is governed by four tiers of Local Authority:

Lake District National Park Authority
controls all development and land usage.

Cumbria County Council
Chief Executive, The Courts, Carlisle CA3 8NA (01228 606060)
Kendal Office: County Hall, Busher Walk, Kendal LA9 4RQ (01539 773000)
Information Centre: 01228 812381
Responsible for Consumer Affairs (inc trading standards), Community Care, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Fire Services, Libraries, Police, Roads, Social Services, among others

South Lakeland District Council
South Lakeland House, Lowther St, Kendal LA9 4DQ (01539 733333) Responsible for Car Parks, Council Housing, Drains & Sewers, Environmental Health (inc food, noise, safety) Litter, Parks, Pest Control, Refuse Collection, Street Cleaning, among others

Lakes Parish Council
Ambleside Police Station, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AY. Telephone/Fax: 015394 31656. email:
Responsible for representing local residents’ opinions to the higher levels of local government on all matters of public interest, acting in consultation with local organisations and individuals.

LOCAL COUNCILLORS Cumbria County Council
Mr Will Clark (Liberal Democrat)

Mrs V Rees (Liberal Democrat), Greenheys, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TD (015394 35401)

Lakes Parish Council
Mr. L. Johnson, 8 Loughrigg Park, Ambleside, LA22 ODY.(015394 32904)
Mr P.A. Thompson, Stoneleigh, Gale Rigg, Ambleside, LA22 0AZ (015394 33410)
Mrs Anne Sowerbutts, Swiss Villas, Vicarage Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AE (015394 32691)
Mr. N.C. Martin, The Hill, Birch Road, Ambleside, LA22 0EQ (015394 31124)

Mr P Truelove, Dale End, Grasmere LA22 9PY (015394 35200)
Mrs Ella Footit, 17 Benfield, Grasmere, LA22 9RD (015394 35918)
Mrs V Rees, Greenheys, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TD (015394 35401)LANGDALES WARD
Mrs Jean Birkett, 2 The Glebe, Chapel Stile, Ambleside. LA22 9JE (015394 37237)

Mrs F. Sparrow (015394 32441)
Mr. Kevin McCarten, Stepping Stones, Under Loughrigg, Rydal (015394 33552)

Mr. P M Simpson, Poole Bank Farm, Troutbeck, Windermere LA23 1PN (015394 31014/07713122828)
Louise Waterhouse, Rose Cottage, Robin Lane, Troutbeck, LA23 1PF

M Johnson, Ambleside Police Station, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria  LA22  9AY (015394 31656)

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT Westminster – Westmorland & Lonsdale Constituency
Mr Tim Farron MP (Liberal democrat), House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (01539 723403)
NATIONAL TRUST The National Trust owns land and properties in the Lake District, preserving them for the nation. For more information, go to National Trust.

Information Centres and shops are located at:
The Corner Shop, The Square, Hawkshead (015394 36471)

POLICE Ambleside Police Station is shared with Ambleside Parish Council. It is open Mondays, Wednesday and one other weekday, 9.45am to 5.00pm.
At other times, for non-emergency general enquiries and information, telephone Cumbria Police Headquarters: 0845 3300247
Community Police Officer: tel. 0845 3300247 ext 54218, email
POST OFFICES Ambleside Post Office, Market Cross, Ambleside (015394 34780)
Grasmere (sub office), Croft House, Red Lion Sq, Grasmere (015394 35261)
Chapel Stile (sub office open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm)) (015394 37616)
Post Office Counters (helpline) 0845 7223344
Parcel Force (all enquiries) 0870 8501150
Royal Mail (customer services)0845 6003725
SCHOOLS & COLLEGE Ambleside (CE) Primary School, Vicarage Road, Ambleside (015394 32181)

Grasmere (CE) Primary School, Stock Lane, Grasmere (015394 35313)

Langdale (CE) Primary School, Chapel Stile, Ambleside (015394 37204)

Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere (015394 62470)

University of Cumbria, Charlotte Mason Campus, Rydal Road, Ambleside (015394 30300)

TOURIST INFORMATION The following provide local information and bed booking service:

The Hub of Ambleside (Tourist Information Centre), Market Place, Ambleside (0844 225 0544)

See also on this site
Ambleside & District Businesses
for listings of ALL accommodation, shops, eating places and attractions.
A roughish guide to Ambleside for general and background information

For more information on tourist amenities elsewhere in the Lake District,
go to Cumbria Tourism

The National Park Authority supplies extensive information on the Lake District environment and its work in conservation and providing opportunities for access and enjoyment.

See also the National Trust

TRANSPORT For local and national bus, train and airport information, Travel Agents, also TAXI services, click here
USEFUL PUBLIC UTILITY PHONE NUMBERS Electricity (power failures) 0800 111999 (24 hours), general matters 0800 1950101
Gas leaks 0800 111999 (24 hours)
Environment Agency (water and river pollution) 0870 8506506 (24hr emergencies 0800 807060)
Water to report leaks in road or footpaths 0800 330033 (24 hours)
WASTE & REFUSE DISPOSAL Kerbside Refuse Collection takes place on differing days throughout Ambleside and district depending on type of refuse, week number and street.
To check which days have collections for what from your home or holiday home go to South Lakeland District Council – kerbside collections and link to Collections Calendar for your address.RECYCLING CENTRES

Rothay Holme Civic Amenity Site (tip): Open 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Sunday (all waste matter, with recycling bins for glass, motor oil, paper, green garden waste, etc)
NOTE: If you are visiting this site in a van, flatbed or twin axle trailer (up to 3 metres long) you will need a permit.
Hayes Garden World Lake Road: only for drink can disposal.
Waterhead YHA car park: only for glass (bottles and jars), paper, drink cans, textiles

Main Car Park only for glass (bottles and jars)

Great Langdale Campsite only for glass (bottles and jars) and drink cans
Langdale Estates only for glass (bottles and jars) and paper
Wainwrights Inn only for glass (bottles and jars)

WEATHER FORECAST Meteorological Office UK satellite weather maps and forecasts
with links to UK climatic and seasonal information.BBC 5-day local forecastNational Park Weather Service
including felltop conditions, temperatures, cloudbase, windchill, etcWeather tales
Local farmer to an American tourist, who asked whether it rained all the time:
“Well, it donks an’ it doddles, dozzles bedoes, and mebbe it cum a bit o’ a stickter, but nivver what you might call a gay gurt pell!”

Well, I allus remember going to Coniston on a pouring wet day, and I said to an old gentleman called Linnie Dixon, ‘When is it going to stop raining, Linnie? Dreadful!’ And he says ‘It’ll stop raining when the lake finds its level. If it goes down low in the summer, once it does rain it usually rains till the lake finds it’s own level.’ And I said ‘Well it’s not high yet, so it’s a bit to go.’ And he said ‘Yes well, it will, as soon as it finds it’s level it’ll stop.
(from the archive, Ambleside Oral History Group)