Getting about in Keswick and surrounding areas
With a timetable and a little planning you can reach very many places by bus. As walkers you can use the bus to complete a linear walk without the necessity of having to return to where you left the car. You can step on a bus to explore the beauty of Borrowdale or cross the Honister Pass for the breath-taking views of Buttermere and Crummock Water, returning to Keswick through the gentle Vale of Lorton and over the Whinlatter Pass with its Visitor Centre and Osprey CCTV screens. The Osprey outdoor viewpoint above Mirehouse is only a few minutes bus ride from Keswick.
Alternatively you can follow beneath the Helvellyn chain to Grasmere, then to Ambleside, Windermere and beyond to Kendal. Often this ride will be by double decker - the scenery is better from the top deck than from the back seat of the car. The market town of Cockermouth and the fell village of Caldbeck are also accessible by bus.
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Winter timetables from November 2015
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This service runs from Penrith bus station via Penrith railway station to Keswick and then continues to Cockermouth and Workington. It also services the villages of Threlkeld, Thornthwaite, Bassenthwaite and Embleton.
555 - Keswick to Lancaster
This service usually runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere. Due to flood damage it is terminating in Grasmere and not continuing to Keswick. To access Keswick use the following service via Kendal to Penrith with onward connections to Keswick.
555a Kendal to Penrith with onward connections to Keswick.
554 - Keswick to Carlisle
This service runs between Keswick and Carlisle via Mirehouse, Castle Inn, Bothel and Wigton.
78 - Keswick to Seatoller Keswick - Rosthwaite - Seatoller
Seasonal Bus services
77/77A - The Honister Rambler - Keswick/Whinlatter/Buttermere/Keswick
This is a seasonal bus service which operates from Easter to October in both clockwise and anti clockwise directions taking in Portinscale, Catbells, Grange, Seatoller, Honister Slate Mine, Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter Forest. Travel through one of the steepest passes in the region, the Honister Pass.
208 - Keswick to Patterdale
This is a seasonal bus service which operates from Easter to October.
73/73A - Carlisle/Caldbeck/Keswick
The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) circular route from Keswick to Caldbeck. Service 73 runs via Applethwaite, Mirehouse and Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite village, Uldale and Ireby to Caldbeck and returns to Keswick via Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale, Threlkeld and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Service 73A operates the same route in reverse.
Why not see the spectacular scenery around Derwentwater from one of the Keswick Launches. With seven stops around the lake it provides the excellent starting or finishing point to your walk.
View Keswick Launch Timetable »
Your bicycle, or one hired locally, is an excellent way to explore the area. Several long distance cycle routes pass through the area, notably the C2C 71. Some stretches of these routes have alternatives so that you can, for example, ride out from Keswick through Threlkeld almost to Penrith and back along The Old Coach Road to St John's in the Vale and so back to Keswick For the family the old railway line route from Keswick to Threlkeld is an excellent choice.
Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 for all your transport needs around Keswick