Getting about in Keswick and surrounding areas

The popularity of the North Lakes inevitably puts pressure on all our scenic roads and car parks especially in the peak holiday periods. Even if you have arrived by car you will find there are many alternative forms of transport to use during your stay.

By Taxis

Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 for all your transport needs around Keswick

By Bus

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.

Penrith to Workington - Service X4 X5 

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.

X4 X5 timetable from 3rd November 2014

Lakeslink Bus

This service runs from Lancaster to Carlisle via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.

Lakeslink timetable - from 3rd November 2014

The Borrowdale Rambler - Service 78 
Valid 2 February 2015 to 27 March 2015

Keswick - Rosthwaite - Seatoller

Borrowdale Rambler timetable

The Honister Rambler - Service 77/77A 

This service does not operate over the winter.

A seasonal bus service 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 Caldbeck Rambler - Service 73/73A

This service does not operate over the winter.

The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (April - 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.

Over 60s Bus Pass
The pass is valid for free transport on buses in Keswick and the Lake District.

By Launch
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

By Bike
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.