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.
Visit the Stagecoach website for more info.
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. See below for details of a temporary bus service between Grasmere and Keswick bridging 'the gap'.
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
Bridging 'the Gap' between Grasmere and Keswick
You can travel from Grasmere to Keswick from 16th February - albeit by bus, for now. The route will also be open to pedestrians and bikes.
A public bus service connecting Keswick and Grasmere via Thirlmere is planned to start on Tuesday 16 February using the temporary road being built to bypass “The Gap” on Dunmail Raise.
The Stagecoach bus service will connect with existing bus services at Grasmere. It will operate on an hourly basis from 7am until 7pm six days a week, with a two hourly service on a Sunday between 10am and 5pm, and offer a journey time of 45 minutes; cutting the existing journey time between the two locations by almost two hours. Buses will leave Keswick at 5 minutes past the hour and leave Grasmere at 10 minutes to the hour (apart from the first bus of the day which will depart at 7am).
Users of the service will also benefit from significantly reduced ticket prices with Dayrider passes covering the two locations priced at £5 (previous equivalent of £10.80) and weekly Megarider tickets priced at £20 (previously £27.30).
Pick up and drop off points will be at all the usual 555 service stops, with the exception of those between Wythburn Church and the Dam road end (the closed section of the A591 alongside Thirlmere).
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.