Take Your Bike on the Bus and the Bike Boat

Bike Bus Services

The Bike Bus and other services which carry bikes


Many buses around the Lake District are kitted out to carry bikes. Some on racks on the back or front or on-board, but the 800 Bike Bus service has been especially converted to carry up to 12 bikes on on-board cycle racks. So hopping on the bus is now an easy way to get to the start of your ride. You can also use it as a back up if you are feeling a little out of puff!

800 - Bike Bus
Ambleside - Waterhead - Brockhole-The Lake District Visitor Centre -  Windermere Train Station - Bowness-on-Windermere Pier - Fell Foot - Newby Bridge -  Lakeland Motor Museum - Lakeside & Havethwaite Railway

This service will run at weekends and bank holidays from 4 May - 14 July. Daily over the summer (20 July until 1 September).

The ‘bike bus' service can carry up to 12 bikes and riders and runs the full length of Lake Windermere, from Ambleside (Kelsick Road) to Haverthwaite (Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway). You can use it to access some great cycle routes along the way.  Look out for our FREE "Rides from the Bike Bus" and "Days out from the Bike Bus" leaflets. You can download the timetable and "Days out from the Bike Bus" leaflet opposite.

Bowness - Ambleside - Grasmere

The Lakeland Experience (open-top in during the summer months) bus can carry 2 bikes through the heart of the Central Lakes.

X33 - The Lakeland Explorer
Ambleside - Coniston - Bootle - Muncaster - Ravenglass

This route heads out from the Central Lakes, through coniston to the Western Lake District. It can carry 2 bikes. Bikes are free of charge.

525 - Cross Lakes Experience
Hawkshead - Coniston - Grizedale

The Cross Lakes Experience starts in Bowness on Windermere and offers a hop on, hop off service which takes you to Hawkshead for some great on and off-road routes and to Grizedale Forest Park, for family firendly forest trails, the North Face Trail and new downhill black route. It can carry 2 bikes. Bikes are free of charge.

The Bike Boat


From the 4th of May Windermere Lake Cruises are operating a new Bike Boat shuttle service between Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre and Wray Jetty (near Wray Castle) on the West Shore of Lake Windermere.

The regular service will operate roughly every twenty minutes, at weekends from the 4th May - 29th September 2014 and then daily from the 20th July - 1st September.  It can carry up to 12 bikes and passengers accross the Lake and back and offers a great way to access cycling and walking on the western shore of the Lake. The newly re-surfaced west shore bridleway offers less challenging, family friendly cycling and walking, and takes in the impressive, mock-gothic Wray Castle.  It also offers access to some great cycling around Hawkshead and Claife Heights, and quiet road rides and an off-road walk up to Beatrix Potter's Hill Top.