The nearest train station is Penrith - 17 miles east of Keswick. There is an hourly bus service between there and Keswick.
From Keswick there are a great range of regular bus services:
Stagecoach buses arrive and depart from outside Booths supermarket off Tithebarn Street.
For timetables and other services, please use Traveline (opens in new window).
On Derwentwater, the Keswick Launch service allows you to explore the lake. You can either stay on the boat for a 50 minute cruise or hop on and off to walk between lauch stops. Find out more at Keswick Launch (opens in new window).
The West Coast mainline runs to the east of the Lake District, connecting Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow. A direct train runs from Manchester to Windermere. Local trains call at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere. There is also a route following the Cumbrian coastline.
Towns and villages such as Ambleside, Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are linked by bus, with extra services in the summer. Find out more at: GoLakes Travel - buses (opens in new window)
There are many companies offering you the chance to sit back and watch the scenery. Take a look at our Minibus tours and bus explorer tickets page.
Taking a cruise is a great way to experience the beautiful Lake District views. Our on the water section has more details.
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The average journey time from London and the south east is about five hours. It takes about one and half hour from Manchester and two hours from York.
The M6 runs to the east of the Lake District National Park:
If you're using satellite navigation, check out our Postcodes for Sat Nav page.
Even A roads can be quite twisting so allow extra time for your journey and for finding a space in Car parks in high season. Example journey times are:
Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass between Eskdale and the Langdales have gradients of 1 in 3 and Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere is 1 in 4, making them some of the steepest roads in England!
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