Sustainable Days Out

If you want to make your holiday to Keswick more sustainable then below we bring you three itineraries for a sustainable day out. These are based on taking some of the excellent buses from Keswick town centre to visit local and not so local attractions.

Itinerary #1 Honister Rambler 

From Keswick, get the Honister Rambler bus (77/77A. Summer season only - April to October) from Keswick down Borrowdale. If you get an all-day ticket you could hop off at various places. Start by getting off at Honister Pass. When there you can visit Honister Slate Mine and go on a mine tour, or book via ferrata or climb the mine. If that all sounds a bit much you could enjoy the views from the café or go for a walk up Fleetwith Pike.

You could then get the bus to Buttermere for a walk, dip in the lake or lunch in one of the cafes.

Then continue your bus journey to Whinlatter where you can hire a bicycle from Cyclewise to explore the trails, go on a segway or try out the Go Ape. After this you can continue on the Honister Rambler back to Keswick.

Itinerary #2 Cockermouth

This route is from Keswick to Cockermouth. The X4 and X5 buses both go to Cockermouth but on different sides of Bassenthwaite. This itinerary can be done in either order depending on which bus you get, have a look at the timetable here to plan your journeys.

X5 – Hop off at Brathay Hill Bus Stop to go for a walk around Dubwath Silver Meadows. Dubwath is a unique wetland nature reserve and it one of the best sites in Cumbria for people to see the plant and animal wildlife of wetlands and other traditional habitats like a hay meadow. After your walk you can pop into Bassenthwaite Lake Station for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. This award-winning café is based in a restored station and full-size replica steam train.

Then get back on to the bus to Cockermouth to visit Wordsworth House and Gardens, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, with activities for all ages.

X4 - Alternatively you can get the X4 bus (or take this one back from Cockermouth) and visit the Lakes Distillery. They have a bistro where you can have fresh, local food. Then of course why not book a tour, and as you're not driving you'll be able to take part in the whisky tasting.

Itinerary #3 Grasmere

The 555 bus goes from Keswick to Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal. Windermere and Kendal stops connect up to national rail stations so you could make your whole journey from home on public transport. 

If you get off at Grasmere you can visit Wordsworth Grasmere, Dove Cottage and museum. This was where William Wordsworth lived with his family and wrote some of his most famous poems. While there you can also explore the beautiful Grasmere village and maybe walk around Grasmere lake or up Loughrigg.

If you want more inspiration, how about you check out all the bus routes and create your own itineraries.