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Travel around Derwentwater and Keswick

Nearest train

The nearest train station is Penrith - 17 miles east of Keswick. There is an hourly bus service between there and Keswick.

Local buses

From Keswick there are a great range of regular bus services:

  • 555 to Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal
  • X4 X5 to Cockermouth, Workington, Penrith
  • 78 to Borrowdale valley, open top in summer
  • 77 77A to Honister and Buttermere - probably the most scenic journey in England
  • 554 to Carlisle
  • 77 77A to Honister… seasonal service, Easter to October

Keswick bus station

Stagecoach buses arrive and depart from outside Booths supermarket off Tithebarn Street.

For timetables and other services, please use Traveline (opens in new window).

Boat launches

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).

Public transport in the Lake District


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)

Minibus tours and bus explorer tickets

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.

Steamers and launch trips

Taking a cruise is a great way to experience the beautiful Lake District views. Our on the water section has more details.

Public transport - useful links

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By car

Map of the UK showing where the Lake District National Park is located

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:

  • Take Junction 36 and then A590 for the southern end of the Lake District
  • Take Junction 40 and the A66 or A592 for the northern end of the Lake District

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:

  • Kendal to Keswick: one hour
  • Windermere to Keswick: 40 minutes
  • Kendal to Wasdale: one and a half hours

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!

Travelling by car - useful links

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We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. See us in Moot Hall in the Market Place, home to Keswick Information Centre.