Summer trips – Ambleside

The first in June was to Ambleside where members met with archaeologist Steve Dickinson for a guided walk entitled ‘From Romans to Bridge House’.

The starting point was the Galava Roman fort within a public area known as Borrans Park; the foundations outlining the fort were clearly visible in the turf. The importance of the site was explained by Mr Dickinson, it sits at the head of Windermere, and at the end of the Roman road from Ravenglass via Harknott fort. Members learned that the site was extensive with civilian settlements to the north. Like many other ancient structures the stone had been carted away for reuse over the centuries.

The walk then continued through the town looking at interesting buildings until the famous Bridge House was reached. This was originally an apple store surrounded by an orchard belonging to Ambleside Hall, and it is understood that a family once dwelt in this tiny building.

There was a chance to explore the charming area of the Stock Ghyll where the rushing water had once served several mills producing a wide variety of products. After viewing the Market Place and comparing the scene shown in photographs from many decades ago, the party walked back through the town, seeing Alfred Heaton Cooper’s Norwegian log house, and several old cottages on the way. Donations were collected for Ambleside Civic Trust.