Getting about in Keswick and surrounding areas
Bridging 'the Gap' between Grasmere and Keswick
You can travel from Grasmere to Keswick from 16th February - albeit by bus, for now. The route is also be open to pedestrians and bikes.
This is a public bus service connecting Keswick and Grasmere via Thirlmere using the temporary road being built to bypass “The Gap” on Dunmail Raise.
The bus will bypass the damaged sections of the A591 beside Thirlmere by using the minor road along the western shore of the reservoir; it will then cross the A591 at the bottom of Dunmail Raise and proceed up the temporary road before reconnecting with the A591 at the summit of Dunmail Raise.
The summer timetable can be found here
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.
Visit the Stagecoach website for more info.
Timetables from March 2016
Click on the italicised headings for links to pdfs of timetables.
X4/X5 - Workington/Cockermouth/Keswick/Penrith bus (19th March - 30th Oct)
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 Lancaster - Keswick This service usually runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere. However, significant damage was caused to the A591 by the floods. Until the road is fully re-opened to traffic there will be a temporary shuttle service along the western shore of Thirlmere, connecting Grasmere and Keswick.
555 - Lancaster to Grasmere via Kendal, Windermere & Ambleside
554 - Keswick to Carlisle
This service runs between Keswick and Carlisle via Mirehouse, Castle Inn, Bothel and Wigton.
78 - Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller ( Borrowdale)
Seasonal Bus services
Click on the italicised links for the Summer timetables
77/77A - The Honister Rambler - Keswick/Catbells/Seatoller/Buttermere/Whinlatter/Keswick (19 March - 30 Oct 2016)
This is a circular 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 (19th March - 30th October 2016)
This is a seasonal bus service which operates from Easter to October.
73/73A - Carlisle/Caldbeck/Keswick (from 19th March to 30th Oct 2016)
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. Please note the railway path between Keswick and Threlkeld is closed due to bridges washed away by the floods. Click here for more information.
Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 for all your transport needs around Keswick