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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.

Patterdale Bus

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.

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.

Current timetables: Summer 2022 timetable started 2nd April. All relevant bus timetables available on the Cumbria County Council website here. Some services still affected by Covid and staff issues, check websites and timetables.

 

Contents

* Lake District bus service summary including bus service numbers, start and end points.

* Lake District bus service details including main attractions visited.

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

* Interactive map showing Seasonal bus services across the Lake District.

* Interactive map showing Lake District attraction bus stops

* Bus operator contact numbers

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.


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, Keswick and Patterdale (Ullswater) which travels via Caldbeck and also stops at or near the following attractions; Lake District Wildlife Park, Dodd Wood, Mirehouse, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Aira Force, Glencoyne Ullswater, Glenridding.
Operates on Saturdays only from Easter to end of October. This is a single bus which takes the following route through the day; Carlisle – Hesket Newmarket (Caldbeck) – Keswick – Patterdale – Keswick – Hesket Newmarket (Caldbeck) – Keswick – Patterdale – Keswick – Hesket Newmarket (Caldbeck) – Carlisle.

**September – November 2022 (except October half term), the service may be affected by weekday road closures along the A592 at Ullswater, further info here.


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.
**23rd July to 4th September 2022, an additional shuttlebus is running between Keswick and Cat Bells along part of the 77/77A route for those wanting to access the popular peak. Several trips each day.


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.


Coniston lakeside

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 Coniston Inn (formerly 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.

**September – November 2022 (except October half term), the service may be affected by weekday road closures along the A592 at Ullswater, further info here.


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 suspended for 2022 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. Normally one bus each way daily from the first Friday in July to the last Sunday in September. 2022 is Friday to Monday only. 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 X7.
Service between Coniston and Barrow-in-Furness which travels via Broughton-in-Furness. One bus each way on Wednesdays and Fridays only. Not public holidays. Service operated by Blueworks Taxis.


Service X8.
Seasonal service from Chorley and Preston to Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick. One bus each way on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 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.


Cockermouth to Buttermere shuttle bus.
Seasonal service between Cockermouth & Buttermere that travels through Lorton Vale and alongside Crummock Water & Rannerdale. Service operates weekends and bank holidays from 7th May to 5th June 2022, plus daily during summer school holidays. 7 trips per day each way. Free service!


Ravenglass to Wasdale Head shuttle bus.
Seasonal service between Ravenglass & Wasdale Head that travels via Gosforth, Nether Wasdale, Wast Water Countess Beck & Wastwater Overbeck Bridge. In 2022 the bus will run on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays during May half term and July, August and the start of September. There are regular trips through the day from Nether Wasdale to Wasdale Head. Plus two buses in the morning from Ravenglass to Wasdale Head and two in the early evening from Wasdale Head to Ravenglass. Mainline train station at Ravenglass. Free service but donation welcomed.

Map of all year round bus services - Southern Lake District

All year round bus services serving southern Lake District attractions. Exact route may vary slightly depending on direction of travel.

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

Map of all year round bus services - Northern Lake District

All year round bus services serving northern Lake District attractions. Exact route may vary slightly depending on direction of travel.

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

Map of seasonal Lake District bus services

Seasonal bus services serving Lake District attractions. Exact route may vary slightly depending on direction of travel.

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

Map of Lake District 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