A public transport adventure from Keswick around the Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys which includes magnificent scenery throughout and visits some wonderful villages, lakes and attractions along the way.


Itinerary summary

Starting at Keswick, you can explore the popular town and its various attractions before taking the Keswick Launch on picturesque Derwent Water. Alight at High Brandelhow jetty for an easy short walk to Grange in Borrowdale where you can catch the open top bus to Seatoller at the end of the Borrowdale valley. From here another bus will take you over Honister Pass to Buttermere where you can do another relatively easy short walk along the length of the lake to Buttermere village. Back on the bus, continue along the scenic shores of Crummock Water before heading up and over Whinlatter Pass and dropping back down to Keswick.


This itinerary suggests a few of the best attractions to visit and lists others that you might want to include. It can easily be done in a day, allowing some time to explore attractions at each stop. An example schedule is included along with current prices. The whole itinerary can only be done between Easter and November when the seasonal 77/77A bus is running. Keswick Launch has a very limited service in winter. 78 bus operates daily all year.

An interactive map is included below. The suggested start is Keswick but of course it can be started anywhere along the route or done in a different order.

The itinerary is available for download as a carefully presented PDF document that you can save to your device in case of no WiFi or phone signal.

Bus, boat and train stop locations are given in What3words format, an easy and precise way to navigate if you download the app.

Keswick Lakeside

Keswick, Borrowdale & Buttermere Itinerary

A carefully presented PDF version of the Itinerary is available for download using this link.

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Itinerary map

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