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Bus services across the Lake District and beyond

Buttermere Bus

The extensive bus network in the Lake District and Cumbria covers many of the most popular routes across the area and is the ideal way for travelling and exploring. Many service routes are specifically designed to maximise the scenery and the attractions. Between Easter and November there are many bus services in operation, including a number of seasonal services. Most services are very regular in the summer. Out of season there are still plenty of bus services, allowing visitors to explore the area and its attractions all year round.

All bus services that pass near Lake District attractions are included. Some of these originate from outside the National Park but details of the full route and the best Cumbrian attractions along the way are included. Bus services that operate in Cumbria but wholly outside the National Park are not included. For all included services, there are details of attractions visited, which days they operate, frequency, plus any other useful information, for example if the bus is open top, has USB charging or audio commentary. Interactive maps show the exact route for each bus service and bus stop locations for each attraction.

Patterdale Bus

A variety of companies operate services across the area, the majority by Stagecoach unless otherwise specified. Operator contact numbers are included. Buses operate in both directions along a route unless otherwise specified.

All relevant bus timetables available on the Cumbria County Council website here. There are no buses on 25th December and 1st January.

Current timetables: Summer 2021 timetable started 27th March. Service details may vary from those described below due to Coronavirus restrictions. Check Cumbria County Council or operator websites for current details.

 

Contents

* Summary of bus service numbers, start and end points for Southern Lake District and Northern Lake District

* Interactive maps showing bus service routes for Southern Lake District and Northern Lake District

* Details of all Lake District bus services

* Interactive map showing Lake District attractions bus stops

* Bus operator contact numbers

Southern Lake District bus service summary

Only includes bus services that pass near Lake District attractions.
Select service link for more detail.

Service number – Route start/end     
* Seasonal service

Southern Lake District bus service map

Buses serving southern Lake District attractions. Exact route may vary slightly. Map does not include express route X8 or local routes 530/532.

Select icon on left side of top map bar to select only certain routes for greater clarity.

Northern Lake District bus service summary

Only includes bus services that pass near Lake District attractions.
Select service link for more detail.

Service number – Route start/end     
* Seasonal service

Northern Lake District bus service map

Buses serving northern Lake District attractions. Exact route may vary slightly. Map does not include express routes 888 & X8.

Select icon on left side of top map bar to select only certain routes for greater clarity.

Lake District bus service details

Only includes bus services that pass near Lake District attractions.

All relevant bus timetables available on the Cumbria County Council website here. There are no buses on 25th December and 1st January.


Fell Foot Park

Service 6.
Service between Windermere and Barrow in Furness which stops at or near the following attractions; Windermere, Bowness, Fell Foot Park, Lakeland Motor Museum, Haverthwaite Railway Station, Ulverston, South Lakes Safari Zoo, Furness Abbey, Barrow in Furness. A few buses daily all year round.


Service 73. The Caldbeck Rambler.
Seasonal service between Carlisle and Keswick which travels via Caldbeck and also stops at or near the following attractions; Lake District Wildlife Park, Dodd Wood, Mirehouse. Operates on Saturdays only from Easter to end October. One bus early morning from Carlisle to Keswick via Bassenthwaite, returning late afternoon. In the middle of the day is an additional 73 service each way between Keswick and Hesket Newmarket stopping at or near all the above attractions, except Carlisle. Connects with 208 service.


The Bowder Stone

Service 77/77A. The Honister Rambler.
Seasonal service running in a loop from Keswick visiting Borrowdale and Buttermere. The service stops at or near the following attractions; Keswick, Grange in Borrowdale, Bowder Stone, Rosthwaite, Seatoller, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Whinlatter Forest. Several buses every day from Easter to end October. Service 77A clockwise loop, service 77 anticlockwise loop. Travels along western shore of Derwent Water.


Service 78. The Borrowdale Bus.
Open top service between Keswick and Seatoller through Borrowdale which stops at or near the following attractions; Keswick, Calfclose Bay, Barrow Bay (Ashness Bridge), Grange in Borrowdale, Bowder Stone, Rosthwaite, Seatoller. Daily service all year round. Buses every 30 minutes from Easter to end of October, hourly outside that period. Travels along eastern shore of Derwent Water. Open top in season, conditions permitting.


Aira Force waterfall

Service 208.
Seasonal service between Keswick and Ullswater which stops at or near the following attractions; Keswick, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Threlkeld Mining Museum, Aira Force, Glencoyne Ullswater, Glenridding. Two buses each way on Saturdays only from Easter to end October. Connects with 73 service.


Service 505. The Coniston Rambler.
Service between Windermere and Coniston which stops at or near the following attractions; Windermere, Brockhole visitor centre, Waterhead, Ambleside, Hawkshead, Hawkshead Hill (Tarn Hows), Coniston. The odd bus also visits Kendal. Frequent buses every day from Easter to end October. Outside that period, a few buses daily. Service also forms part of the ‘Cross Lakes experience’, connecting with bus service 525 at Hawkshead and Coniston Launch at Waterhead Hotel.


Kirkstone Pass towards Brothers Water

Service 508. The Kirkstone Rambler.
Service between Penrith, Patterdale & Windermere which always stops at or near the following attractions; Penrith, King Arthur’s Round Table, Mayburgh Henge, Pooley Bridge, Aira Force, Glencoyne Ullswater, Glenridding. From Easter to end October, some buses also continue to Brothers Water, Kirkstone Pass, Townend, Holehird Gardens, Bowness & Windermere. From Easter to end October there are frequent buses between Penrith and Patterdale. Services alternate between an open top* bus which only goes between Penrith and Patterdale, or an enclosed bus which goes between Penrith and Windermere. Out of season there are a few enclosed buses daily between Penrith and Patterdale only. * Open top weather permitting.


Service 516. The Langdale Rambler.
Service between Ambleside, Elterwater and Great Langdale. The odd bus also visits Waterhead, Brockhole visitor centre, Windermere and Kendal. Several buses daily from Easter to end October. Outside that period, a few buses daily.


Hill Top house
Hill Top house

Service 525. 
Seasonal service between Ferry House (Windermere lake) and Hawkshead which also stops at or near Claife Viewing Station, Hill Top and Esthwaite Water. Frequent buses every day from Easter to end October. Operated by Mountain Goat. Service forms part of the ‘Cross Lakes experience’, connecting with Windermere Lake Cruises (from Bowness-on-Windermere) and the Windermere ferry at Ferry House, plus the 505 bus service at Hawkshead.

** Service is likely to be suspended for 2021 due to Coronavirus restrictions**


Holker Hall & Gardens
Holker Hall & Gardens

Service 530/532. 
Service between Kendal and Cartmel which stops at or near the following attractions; Kendal, Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall, Grange-over-Sands, Holker Hall, Cartmel. A few buses daily except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Operated by Travellers Choice with low floor easy access bus.
Although not strictly serving Lake District attractions, this bus explores the attractive Cartmel peninsula just outside the National Park. The default number is 530, the same bus becomes 532 when only travelling between Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel.


Service 554. 
Service between Carlisle and Keswick which travels via Wigton and the eastern side of Bassenthwaite Lake and also stops at or near the following attractions; Lake District Wildlife Park, Dodd Wood, Mirehouse. A few buses daily all year round.


Ambleside, Bridge House
Ambleside, Bridge House

Service 555.
Service through the heart of the Lakes between Lancaster and Keswick which stops at or near the following attractions; Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Staveley, Windermere, Brockhole visitor centre, Waterhead, Ambleside, Rydal Mount, White Moss Common, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Keswick. Not all buses do the whole route. Frequent buses daily all year round. Buses have USB charging and next stop announcements.


Service 599. 
Open top service through the central Lakes between Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere which stops at or near the following attractions; Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Brockhole visitor centre, Waterhead, Ambleside, Rydal Mount, White Moss Common, Dove Cottage and Grasmere. Daily service all year round. Buses every 20 minutes from Easter to end of October, hourly outside that period. Also runs on New Years Day. Open top in season, conditions permitting. Buses have USB charging, audio commentary and can take 2 bikes.


Service 755. 
Service between Morecambe and Bowness-on-Windermere which stops at or near the following attractions; Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere. A few buses daily all year round.


Keswick town centre

Service 888.
Seasonal service between Newcastle and Keswick which also calls at Penrith. One bus each way daily from the first Friday in July to the last Sunday in September. Operated by Wright Bros Coaches.


Service X4 & X5. 
Two services through the heart of the northern Lakes between Penrith and Workington which stop at or near the following attractions; Penrith, Rheged, Threlkeld Mining Museum, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Mirehouse (X4 only), Dodd Wood (X4 only), Lake District Wildlife Park (X4 only), The Lakes Distillery (X4 only), Cockermouth, Workington. The two routes are very similar, the main difference is at Bassenthwaite Lake where the X4 travels along the eastern shore and the X5 along the western shore. Some buses do not operate the whole route. Frequent X5 buses every day. Several X4 buses every day except Sundays and public holidays. Buses have USB charging.


Kendal market place

Service X6. 
Service between Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness which stops at or near the following attractions; Kendal, Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall, Grange over Sands, Lakeland Motor Museum, Haverthwaite Railway Station, Ulverston, South Lakes Safari Zoo, Furness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness. Daily service all year round. Frequent buses Monday to Saturday, a few buses on Sundays and public holidays.


Service X8.
Seasonal service from Chorley and Preston to Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick. One bus each way on Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to end October. Designed for a weekend day out in the Lakes from Preston area.


Service X12.
Service between Ulverston and Coniston which travels via Greenodd and the west shore of Coniston Water. Also stops on request at Blawith Common and Brown Howe. Some buses continue between Ulverston and Barrow in Furness as Service 11. A few buses daily except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Service operated by Blueworks Taxis.

Map of attraction bus stops

Approximate location of nearest bus stop to each attraction. Bus stops can be in slightly different locations depending on direction of travel.

Bus operator contact numbers

Stagecoach - 01539 722143Travellers Choice - 01524 720033
Mountain Goat - 015394 45161Blueworks Taxis - 015395 31995
Wright Bros Coaches - 01434 381200