Waterhead lies at the head of Windermere and is a small harbour with plenty of cafés, tourist shops and pleasant places to rest. Many arrive here with Windermere Lake Cruises and expect to find themselves in the centre of Ambleside. This is actually about ½ mile up Lake Road, a busy street lined with hotels and guest houses.

Borrans Park is also here and contains the remains of the Roman fort of Galava.