Getting around Keswick and Bus Timetables
By Bus - Winter Timetable - 6th November 2023 - March 2024
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.
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.
The 73 is a seasonal Saturday bus route in two parts. See details below.
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.
73 - Keswick to PatterdaleThis 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.
Cockermouth to Buttermere Shuttle Bus - Running every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 13 May to 28 August 2023. £2.
The Bus Fare Cap scheme is a government funded scheme being introduced on most single (including Child and Student) bus journeys across England until December 2024, including those listed on this page. You can take a single journey and not pay more than £2. If your current ticket is less than £2, don’t worry it’ll stay the same price! Buy your ticket using the Stagecoach app or cash/contactless on the bus.
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.
Park and Sail at Keswick Rugby Club
Park at Keswick Rugby Club, Crow Park Road where you will find 200 parking spaces. Park for the day and receive a Keswick Launch discount voucher. The voucher when presented at the Launch ticket office gives a 15% discount off the launch services that day for the driver and up to a maximum of 4 of their passengers.
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 now open. 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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