Getting around Keswick and Bus Timetables

By Bus

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Bus Timetables

X4/X5 Penrith/Keswick/Bassenthwaite/Cockermouth/Workington 
This service runs from Penrith bus station via Penrith railway station to Keswick and then continues to Cockermouth and Workington. The X5 serves the villages of Threlkeld, Portinscale, Braithwaite and Thornthwaite whilst the X4 goes to Bassenthwaite village, Castle Inn and the Lakes Distillery. Please note that the bus doesn't go into Portinscale village but stops on the A66.

555 Lancaster - Keswick This service runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere.

554 Keswick - Carlisle This service runs between Keswick and Carlisle via Mirehouse, Castle Inn Hotel, Bothel, Mealsgate, Bolton Low Houses, Wigton and Thursby.

78 Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller

Seasonal Bus Services - summer season only
The following services operate during the summer season (April to October) only.

77/77A The Honister Rambler - 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.

73 - Carlisle/Caldbeck/Keswick
The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) and Saturday only circular route from Keswick to Caldbeck. Service 73 runs via Mirehouse and Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite village, Uldale and Ireby to Caldbeck and returns to Keswick via Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale, Threlkeld and Castlerigg Stone Circle.

208 Keswick to Patterdale

This is a seasonal (Easter - October) and Saturday only circular route from Keswick to Patterdale. Service 208 runs via Troutbeck, Aira Force, Matterdale. and Glenridding to Patterdale.

Visit the Stagecoach website for more info and to plan a journey.

Where's my bus? Click here for a live tracker for buses in the Keswick area.

By Keswick Launch

Click here to see the latest info on the launch service.

Click here to see which Keswick launch jetties are open today.

By Taxi

Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 or by email at for all your transport needs around Keswick.  Further information can be found here and on their website.

By Electric Twizy Car

There is a flock of electric ‘sheep’ living in and around Keswick! Have a look to see where you can hire these funky, fun cars from during your stay. You can hire by the hour or for the day and they offer the perfect way to take short journeys around the area in the knowledge that your zero carbon footprint will help keep Keswick and the surrounding area looking beautiful. If you’re visiting with family and friends why not arrange to take two or three out at the same time, for a real Lake District ‘sheepish’ adventure. 

To make each Twizy distinctly Cumbrian each vehicle has been decorated as a sheep, with its own distinctive personality. They have also been named in traditional Westmorland and Cumberland dialect, spanning the numbers one (Yan) to ten (Dec).

Hope Park has ‘Yan’ and ‘Tyan’.

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. Please note the railway path between Keswick and Threlkeld is currently only partially open and not a through route due to bridges washed away by the floods. Click here for more information.

Bike hire available from -


Why not take a look at our walking page . There is a choice of easy and more strenuous routes available.

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