Bus, boat & train itineraries and adventures across the Lake District
If you are looking to do some Lake District exploring without a car, this page contains links to different day trip itineraries and adventures which are designed to maximise enjoyment of the Lakes and its attractions on board bus, boat and train services.
Itineraries are based on the best transport routes across the area and where possible will allow you to experience the different modes of transport along the way. Buses can go many more places than boats and trains but they often all link up allowing you to experience the special joys of each mode.
Also, to make the most of the scenery and fresh air, itineraries include short walking sections which utilise some of the best easy walks in the Lake District. Walking sections can always be avoided by taking public transport.
Details for a few of the best attractions are included but other attractions along the way are linked and you can decide which ones are most appealing to you. Also included are further details for each transport service plus example schedules and prices. Interactive maps for each itinerary are included on the webpage.
Itineraries are available for download as carefully presented PDF documents that you can save to your device in case of no WiFi or phone signal.
Further itineraries will be added in the near future.
**As part of a Government initiative, a maximum £2 Single fare will apply on many bus services across Cumbria until end of October 2023**
Windermere, Rydal & Grasmere Itinerary
A public transport adventure, exploring magnificent scenery and attractions in the heart of the Lake District, including Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside, Rydal & Grasmere
Keswick, Borrowdale & Buttermere Itinerary
A seasonal public transport adventure around the spectacular Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys which includes magnificent scenery and visits some wonderful villages, lakes and attractions along the way
Ullswater Highlights Itinerary
A public transport adventure around beautiful Ullswater lake which includes magnificent scenery and visits some wonderful villages and attractions along the way
Coniston, Hawkshead & Tarn Hows Itinerary
A public transport adventure around Coniston and Hawkshead which includes the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows with fabulous scenery and attractions throughout
Keswick & Borrowdale Itinerary
A public transport adventure from Keswick to Derwent Water and the beautiful Borrowdale valley with its spectacular scenery, quaint villages and rich history