Ambleside is a town in Cumbria in the Lake District National Park, located on the east side of the northern headwater of Lake Windermere, which is the largest natural lake in England.

Ambleside has a ferry terminal (Waterhead Pier, LA22 0EY) where you can go on boat trips on Lake Windermere.

Ambleside is in the lake district

What to see and do in Ambleside

Stock Ghyll Force A spectacular 70 ft waterfall behind the Salutation Hotel (LA22 9BX) a short walk from the centre of Ambleside.

Windermere Lake Cruises Offer stunning circular cruises daily on the historic ‘steamers’ – Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead Pier, LA22 OEY.

Bridge House Perhaps the most photographed building in Ambleside. Bridge House is a tiny building originally an apple store for nearby Ambleside Hall – LA22 9AY

The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead A National Trust property that has links to Beatrix Potter. The 17th Century building displays exhibitions of Beatrix Potter’s original drawings and illustrations – The Beatrix Potter Gallery, Main St, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

Rydal Mount and Gardens The family home of William Wordsworth. Explore the house, gardens and enjoy afternoon tea during your visit – Rydal Mount, Ambleside, LA22 9LU

Are you looking for family law help?

Temple Heelis Solicitors – “We are a leading firm of solicitors in South Lakeland, and have been here for 200 years with offices in Kendal, Windemere and Ambleside”. –  Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22 0BP

Progression Solicitors – “Offering practical solutions for legal issues, providing a client focused, value-for-money service.”- 5 Crescent Rd, Windermere LA23 1EA

Cumbria Family Law – “Affordable and flexible law services to suit your needs and budget”. – 25 Scotch St, Whitehaven CA28 7NL

Divorce and splitting assets

Everyone has to move forwards and it could be that the family home has to be sold to create two new separate homes. House buying and selling is stressful enough, but add that to a separation and blood pressure levels are likely to go through the roof! All parties are anxious and afraid about how the future is going to pan out. Assets have to be split; furniture, family heirlooms. Everything right down to who is going to have the cutlery. 

It’s an extremely tough period in even the most resilient person’s life; it is certainly not weak to ask for professional help if required. In fact, maybe everyone should get counselling or coaching through this most horrendous time, to keep their feet on the ground. Tempers are frayed and small issues can become ginormous. People who have been through the process talk about turning to alcohol, cigarettes or serial dating for sex, as a crutch to get them through. Working with a therapist can help people to understand that what is happening right now is not going to last forever. It is just a phase in life and part of the journey to arrive in a better place. 

Separation and divorce with children

When the bigger issues, such as children and the courts are finalised, life can seem a very quiet and drama free place. It can be almost too calm and some people suffer symptoms similar to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). The term “Divorce Stress Syndrome” is fast becoming a familiar term. Feeling tired or hopeless, no longer enjoying anything in life and even thoughts of suicide can indicate serious depression issues. 

The stress of a separation can also manifest itself in anxiety, panic attacks, anger or substance abuse. Few people realise that depression is common with PTSD, which many usually believe only happens to people in combat situations or who have experienced violent crime and the suchlike. Something like a life-changing divorce can in fact lead into PTSD and in the shadows of this is Depression. It is very important to seek medical advice if you believe that yourself, or someone you know may be suffering from PTSD or Depression. 

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