Ambleside is an idyllic village at the north end of Lake Windermere in North West England`s Lake District. It is known for its wonderful warm weather, even as late in the year as late autumn. Ambleside is a good base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has a selection of hotels, guesthouses, pubs and restaurants. The main landmark is the Bridge House, built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago probably as a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall. Nowadays it is used as an information centre for the National Trust. Rydal, a small hamlet a couple of miles from Ambleside, is well-known as the longtime home of poet William Wordsworth, who lived here from 1813 until his death in 1850.