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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 723618
Local correspondents: Ambleside: Jane Renouf (015394 34411) also EmailBBC Radio Cumbria,
Annetwell St,
Carlisle CA3 8BB
(01228 592444)
Kendal Studio (Brewery Arts Centre): 01539 720230

BBC North West,
New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 7HBBorder Television, phone 0344 88 14150
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


Lakes Parish Council, 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.

 Cllr Will Clark (Liberal Democrat) email:

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT Westminster – Westmorland & Lonsdale Constituency
Mr Tim Farron MP (Liberal democrat), House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Constituency Office: Acland House, Yard 2, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4ND
Phone: 01539 723403 Email:
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 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 Crux of Ambleside Tourist Information Centre, Post Office, Market Place, Ambleside (0844 225 0544)

Our 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, textilesHAWKSHEAD
Main Car Park only for glass (bottles and jars)LANGDALE
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)