Lake District Attractions
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There are various bus and boat services through the area which will transport you to all of the popular attractions described below. Each attraction includes a brief description, photograph, link to website (where available) and any facilities such as shops, cafes and toilets. Public transport services that stop nearby (within 1 mile) are listed and the location of each stop in relation to the attraction is described. Further information on each transport service, including timetable, approximate route and other attractions visited on route, can be found by following the mode link.
|Towns & villages|
|Grange in Borrowdale|
|Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite, Seatoller|
|Lakes & rivers|
|Ashness Bridge & Surprise View|
|Castlerigg Stone Circle|
|Honister Pass slate mine|
|Lake District Wildlife Park|
|The Lakes Distillery|
All buses stop at the main bus station in the town centre. The Keswick launch pier is approx 0.5 miles walk from the town centre.
|73, 77, 77A, 78, 208, 554, 571, 555, 888, X4, X5||Keswick launch|
Buses stop in the village centre, outside the Fish Inn.
Buses stop on the B5289, across the river bridge from the village.
|77, 77A, 78|
Rosthwaite offers refreshments at the Flock-in tea room, the Royal Oak Hotel or the Scafell Hotel. A popular walk leads up nearby Castle Crag, a relatively short but steep climb, which offers magnificent views over Borrowdale and Derwent Water. Buses stop in the village centre and there are toilets at the main car park.
Stonethwaite is situated down a dead end minor road and offers refreshments at the Langstrath Country Inn. Buses stop on the B5289 at the junction of the Stonethwaite road leaving as walk of approx 0.5 miles.
Seatoller marks the end of the Borrowdale valley before the road climbs steeply up the Honister Pass. A good easy walk from here follows the minor road along the picturesque Seathwaite valley which is a popular starting point for many epic mountain walks. There are public toilets at the main car park. Buses stop at the entrance to the car park which is the terminus for the 78 bus.
|77, 77A, 78|
There is a cafe, toilet facilities and the popular Theatre by the Lake is also here which has its own facilities. All buses stop at the main bus station in the town centre which is approx 0.5 miles walk.
|73, 77, 77A, 78, 554, 555, 888, X4, X5||Keswick launch|
Buses stop nearby on the B5289 road.
The bridge is located approx 0.5 miles up the Watendlath road from the B5289 and Derwent Water. There is no public transport up the Watendlath road but you can catch a bus or a boat to this road junction (Ashness Gate) from where you will need to walk up the hill.
Approx 0.5 miles beyond Ashness Bridge, further up the Watendlath road, you will come across Surprise View which is a wonderful viewpoint overlooking Derwent Water and its surroundings. The surprise might be that Derwent Water is hidden from the road by trees until you reach this point so the view is quite unexpected. Again no facilites.
Buses stop in front of the hotel.
Buses stop at Buttermere village and Gatesgarth Farm.
Rannerdale valley adjacent to the lake is also picturesque and worth exploring particularly every April and May when the famous bluebells fill the open valley and provide an incredible sight. Above the valley is Rannerdale Knotts, a relatively small summit with wonderful views over Buttermere, Crummock Water and towards Loweswater.
Buses stop at Buttermere village and Rannerdale.
73 buses stop on the minor road outside the main entrance. 208 & X4/X5 buses stop at Eleventrees road on the eastern outskirts of Keswick, leaving approx 0.7 mile walk, mostly uphill. The 555 bus stops on the main A591 at Castle Lane, leaving a pleasant level walk of approx 0.6 miles along Castle Lane.
|73, 208, 555, X4, X5|
Outside the house are some attractive grounds extending to the shores of nearby Bassenthwaite Lake. There are a number of different attractions including a walled garden and various adventure playgrounds for the children. A footpath runs through woods along the peaceful lakeshore and you can also visit the tiny St Begaís Church overlooking the lake. The house is open from April to October but only on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. The grounds are open daily from April to October. Admission fee applies to both. Toilets and The Old Sawmill Tearoom can be found in Dodd Wood car park across the A591.
Buses stop on the A591 outside the main entrance.
|73, 554, X4|
The bus stop is on the B5289 adjacent to the car park where there are a few pleasant picnic tables dotted around but no other facilities.
|77, 77A, 78|
Buses stop near the slate mine entrance.
Buses stop outside the entrance to the visitor centre.
Part of the Mirehouse estate and now managed by the Forestry Commission, Dodd Wood provides some lovely forest walks on the slopes of Dodd Fell. There are some fabulous views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the Derwent valley which only improve as you get above the trees and towards the summit of Dodd Fell at 500m. The wood became popular in 2001 when the first Ospreys to breed in England for over 150 years nested in the area and it became the best place to view them. There are two viewing areas in the woods, the lower one approx 15 minute uphill walk from the car park and the upper one approx 20 minutes walk beyond that. There are telescopes and volunteers to help you spot the magnificent birds who are normally in residence between April and September before heading to Africa for the winter.Toilets and The Old Sawmill Tearoom can be found in the main car park.
Buses stop on the A591 at the main car park.
|73, 554, X4|
The only wildlife park in north Cumbria, Lake District Wildlife Park is a popular but quite well hidden attraction to the north of Bassenthwaite Lake. The Park is home to over 100 different species, mostly the less dangerous varieties such as zebras, monkeys, meerkats and birds of prey. The open site is well laid out making it easy to see and interact with the different animals. There are a number of interesting talks and displays where you can get close to many of the animals. Keeper experiences are also available if you want to get even closer. There is a cafe, shop, picnic areas and toilets on site. Admission fee applies. Open daily all year.
Bus X4 stops on the B5291, approx 0.3 miles walk. Buses 73 & 554 stop on the A591 at the Castle Inn, approx 0.7 miles walk.
|73, 554, X4|
Opened in 2014, The Lakes Distillery is a relatively new and unique Lake District attraction and one of only a few distilleryís in England. The distillery produces its own popular blended whisky, vodka and gin and you can buy these in the shop on site. A single malt whisky is currently maturing and will be ready in 2018. You can pay to take an interesting tour around the distillery which ends in tasting the local spirits. Outside there are Alpacas to see and you can wander down to the nearby River Derwent which provides water for the distillery. The Bistro on site provides a good choice of food and drink. Open daily.
Buses stop near the entrance. Not all X4 or X5 services stop at the attraction.