Bus service 508 runs from Penrith Station to Pooley Bridge, Aira Force, Glenridding and Patterdale all year round. In summer it continues over Kirkstone Pass to Windermere. Bus service 208 provides a direct link from Keswick to Ullswater on summer Saturdays. Timetables can be found in Stagecoach's Lakes Connection.
The nearest train station to Ullswater is Penrith. You can get there using the buses listed above.
From Pooley Bridge it is six miles to Penrith. From Glenridding it is 13 miles.
Ullswater 'Steamers' operate all year apart from 24 and 25 December, weather permitting. Check out Ullswater Steamers website (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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We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. We are next to the car park in Glenridding - do pop in and take a look around Ullswater Information Centre.