Buttermere lake shore with a wooden bench

Buttermere shuttlebus from Cockermouth

Catch the free shuttle bus from Cockermouth to the beautiful Buttermere valley. This bus was popular in 2021 and we have secured funding to run it again in 2022, including a Bluebell special from 7 May 2022 so you can visit the beautiful Bluebells of Rannerdale and Holme Wood.

The summer timetable will be on this page and our social channels as soon as we have them. If you have any questions email hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Spring Bluebell Timetable: Cockermouth to Buttermere and Loweswater shuttle bus 2022

7 May until 5 June: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays

Cockermouth to Buttermere via Loweswater

Cockermouth 0930 1050 1300 1420 1620
Loweswater, Village Hall -- 1107 -- 1437 --
Low Lorton 0945 -- 1315 -- 1635
Rannerdale 1003 1123 1333 1453 1653
Buttermere 1008 1128 1338 1458 1658

Buttermere to Cockermouth via Loweswater

Buttermere 1010 1130 1340 1530 1700
Rannerdale 1015 1135 1345 1535 1705
Low Lorton -- 1150 -- 1550 --
Loweswater Village  Hall 1028 -- 1358 -- 1718
Cockermouth 1045 1205 1415 1605 1735

Operated by Hoban's

The Summer Buttermere Shuttle service will start on 23 July. Timetable will be available here by June.

Park and ride

Park at Memorial Gardens in Cockermouth, just £5 all day.
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  • Catch the bus from Main Street, Cockermouth, East bound bus stop. No need to book, just turn up!
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome aboard.
  • 16 seater mini-bus.
  • The bus will drop off and pick up in between marked bus stops where safe to do, just let the driver know.

Connecting bus services at Cockermouth and Buttermere

From Workington you can catch the X4/5 which runs to and from Cockermouth every hour

From Buttermere you can catch the 77/77A to Keswick, via Whinlatter and Honister. The last 77A for Keswick via Whinlatter departs Buttermere at 18:24 and can then connect with the X4/5 in Keswick to get back to Cockermouth if you want a longer day in Buttermere.

For all connecting services visit traveline.info

View down a valley with Buttermere lake

Things to do in Buttermere

Food and Drink

Visit one of many great lunch stops in Buttermere including The Bridge Hotel, The Buttermere Court Hotel, Croft House Farm Café and Syke Farm Tearoom. In Loweswater the Kirkstile Inn offers food and drink.


Located behind the Bridge Hotel and beside the Buttermere Court Hotel.
Grid reference: NY 172 169
Nearest postcode: CA13 9XA


Walk around Buttermere Lake

You can walk all around Buttermere lake, its about 7km and takes around 3 hours. The walk is relatively easy and level with a great 'reward for effort' ratio. The views mean that your photos make it look like you've been somewhere much more rugged!

See details of the walk around Buttermere Lake

Walk from Buttermere to Rannerdale Knotts

A moderate walk that's 4.8km long and takes about 2 hours, with views over Buttermere and Crummock Water.

See the details and map of Buttermere to Rannerdale Knotts walk

Be Lake District Kind

The Buttermere valley is a very special place. Thank you for using this bus to help keep it special. Please visit kindly and follow the Countryside Code.