Getting Here

Whether you let the train take the strain, hop on a coach, fly in style, cruise by ferry, or journey by car, Cumbria and the Lake District is so easy to get to. Once you've decided how you would like to travel select your mode of transport for further information.

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Norwich
Newcastle
Liverpool
Manchester
London
Edinburgh
Stranraer
Blackpool
Leeds
Hull
Crewe
Birmingham
Cardiff
Dover

Glasgow

Glasgow Airport

By Rail

Both Virgin Trains and First TransPennine Express provides services from Edinburgh to Lancaster via Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme.  The journey takes approximately 1hr 10m to Carlisle and 2 hr to Lancaster.

By Air

Flights run most days from Glasgow Airport to Manchester International Airport, approximately 1 hour in duration. First TransPennine Express offers a direct train service from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme taking approximately 1 hr 30m.

By Road

Glasgow is well serviced by the M74/A74(M) which runs directly into the M6 at Carlisle.
Drivetimes from Glasgow:
Appleby: 2h 4 m
Barrow: 3h 6m
Carlisle: 1h 38m
Kendal 2h 19m
Keswick: 2h 8m
Penrith: 1h 52m
Sedbergh: 2h 18m
Silloth: 2h 12m
Whitehaven: 2h 33m
Windermere: 2h 49m

Norwich

By Rail


Half-hourly Greater Anglia trains run to London Liverpool Street to and from Norwich, taking approximately 1hr 50 mins. Greater Anglia also run a service to Stansted Airport, taking approximately 2 hrs.

By Air


Norwich International Airport provides links to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Guernsey, and Manchester as well as other international destinations. A Park and Ride service is available that runs regularly to the city centre (please note is does not operate on Sundays).

By Road

Norwich is approximately a 2 hr drive from the A1 via the A47.
Drivetimes from Norwich:
Appleby: 5h
Barrow: 5h 43m
Carlisle: 5h 39m
Kendal 5h 27m
Keswick: 5h 37m
Penrith: 5h 19m
Sedbergh: 5h 22m
Silloth: 6h 6m
Whitehaven: 6h 16m
Windermere: 5h 32m

Edinburgh

By Rail

Both Virgin Trains and First TransPennine Express provides services from Edinburgh to Lancaster via Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme. The journey takes approximately 1hr 15m to Carlisle and 2 hr 10m to Lancaster.

By Air

Regular flights run between Edinburgh Airport and Manchester International Airport, approximately 1hr 10m in duration. First TransPennine Express offers a direct train service from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme taking approximately 1.5 hours.

By Road

The A702 connects Edinburgh to the A74(M), which then runs directly into the M6 at Carlisle. Drivetimes from Edinburgh:
Appleby: 2h 42 m
Barrow: 3h 44m
Carlisle: 2h 4m
Kendal 2h 53m
Keswick: 2h 44m
Penrith: 2h 24m
Sedbergh: 2h 56m
Silloth: 2h 48m
Whitehaven: 2h 56m
Windermere: 3h 4m

Stranraer

By Ferry

Both Stena Line and P&O Ferries operate services to Cairnryan Ferry Port from Belfast. takes approximately 2 hours. The nearest railway station is Stranraer, which is around four miles away from the port.

By Rail

ScotRail connects Stranraer to Glasgow, from which either the Virgin Trains or First TransPennine Express services can be used to travel to Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme and Lancaster.  The journey takes approximately 4hr to Carlisle and 4 hr 55m to Lancaster.

By Road

The A75 connects Stranraer to Dumfries and onward to the join the M6 at Gretna. Drivetimes from Stranraer:
Appleby: 3h 26 m
Barrow: 4h 29m
Carlisle: 2h 48m
Kendal 3h 37m
Keswick: 3h 29m
Penrith: 3h 9m
Sedbergh: 3h 40m
Silloth: 3h 32m
Whitehaven: 3h 40m
Windermere: 3h 48m

Newcastle

By Ferry

DFDS Seaways provides daily overnight ferry crossings from Ijmuiden, Holland to Newcastle’s Port of Tyne. A connecting bus service to Newcastle Central Railway Station runs every 20 minutes.

By Rail

Northern Rail run hourly train services from Newcastle via the Hadrian's Wall Country line to Carlisle. The journey takes approximately 1hr 30m. From Carlisle the West Coast Main Line provides connections via Virgin Trains to the other Cumbria Hubs of Penrith, Oxenholme and Lancaster.

By Air

Newcastle International Airport provides easy access to the Lake District from many worldwide destinations. The North East Metro Service provides a connecting service through to Newcastle Central Railway Station every 12 minutes, and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

By Road

The A69 directly connects Newcastle with Carlisle, taking approximately 1hr 15m. From Carlisle, the M6 provides access to Penrith, Oxenholme and Lancaster. Drivetimes from Newcastle Ferry Port:
Appleby: 1h 42 m
Barrow: 3h
Carlisle: 1h 35m
Kendal 2h 10m
Keswick: 2h 14m
Penrith: 1h 55m
Sedbergh: 2h 2m
Silloth: 2h 21m
Whitehaven: 2h 29m
Windermere: 2h 21m

Blackpool

By Rail

Northern Rail run hourly services from the Squires Gate Railway Station to Preston (lasting approximately 30m), from which the Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line services can be used to travel onward to the Cumbria Hubs. Alternatively First TransPennine Express also run hourly services to Preston from Blackpool North Railway Station, which take approximately 25m in duration.

By Road

The M55 runs from Blackpool through to the M6 J32 just north of Preston, and onward travel can then be made to the Cumbria Hubs. Drivetimes from Blackpool Airport:
Appleby: 1h 40 m
Barrow: 1h 43m
Carlisle: 1h 45m
Kendal 1h 2m
Keswick: 1h 48m
Penrith: 1h 26m
Sedbergh: 1h 9m
Silloth: 2h 28m
Whitehaven: 2h 24m
Windermere: 1h 13m

Leeds

Leeds City Station

By Rail

Northern Rail operates a direct service from Leeds Central to Carlisle along the scenic Settle – Carlisle Railway. The journey takes approximately 2hr 40m. For Oxenholme and Lancaster, a connecting Virgin Trains service can be picked up at Preston.

By Air

Leeds Bradford International Airport provides access to the UK from a large number of European destinations and several worldwide locations. Regular bus services connect Leeds City Railway Station with Leeds Bradford International Airport.

By Road

There are two routes to travel from Leeds to the Lake District. The M62 from Leeds passes north of Manchester and connects to the M6, from which the Cumbria Hubs can be accessed. For a more picturesque route, the A65 passes through Otley, Skipton and Settle to then meet up with the M6 between Lancaster and Kendal.  Drivetimes from Leeds:
Appleby: 1h 58 m
Barrow: 2h 25m
Carlisle: 2h 28m
Kendal 1h 44m
Keswick: 2h 30m
Penrith: 2h 8m
Sedbergh: 1h 45m
Silloth: 3h 10m
Whitehaven: 3h 6m
Windermere: 1h 55m

Hull

Hull Train Station

By Ferry

P&O Ferries provide daily overnight services to Hull Ferry Port from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Hull Ferry Port is located close to the town centre and is accessible by regular bus services.

By Rail

First TransPennine Express provide hourly services to Leeds City Station lasting approximately 1hr,  from which connections can then be made to the Cumbrian Hubs.

By Air

Humberside Airport provides connections from several European destinations. The Stagecoach 'Humber Flyer' operates Monday to Saturday between Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Humberside Airport, Barton and Hull. The nearest railway station to the Airport is Barnetby, which is serviced by both First Transpennine Express and East Midlands Trains.

By Road

Hull has excellent road transport links, with the M62 running from Hull across the country through to Liverpool. The M6 can be accessed at J21A near Warrington, and onward travel made to the Cumbria Hubs.
Drivetimes from Hull Ferry Port:
Appleby: 2h 42 m
Barrow: 3h 30m
Carlisle: 3h 21m
Kendal 2h 50m
Keswick: 3h 22m
Penrith: 2h 58m
Sedbergh: 2h 52m
Silloth: 4h 3m
Whitehaven: 3h 59m
Windermere: 3h

Liverpool

By Ferry

P&O Ferries provides daily crossings between Dublin and Liverpool. Stena Line also operate daily routes between Liverpool and Belfast. The nearest railway station is Birkenhead Hamilton Square, which is a 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal.

By Rail

Regular services run from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station to Wigan North Western Railway Station (via Northern Rail) or Warrington Bank Quay Railway Station (via First Transpennine Express), from which the Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line services can be used to travel onward to the Cumbria Hubs.  Rail journeys from Liverpool to Wigan and Warrington take between 30m and 50m.

By Air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport connecting over 50 European destinations with the North West of the UK. Arriva provides regular bus services to the airport from Liverpool City Centre. Liverpool South Parkway is the nearest railway station to the airport, and both Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express operate regular services to Warrington Central Railway Station. A short walk away is Warrington Bank Quay, from which the Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line services can be used to travel onward to the Cumbria Hubs.

By Road

Liverpool has excellent road transport links, with the M62 running from Liverpool across the country through to Hull. The M6 can be accessed at J21A near Warrington, and onward travel made to the Cumbria Hubs. Drivetimes from Liverpool Airport:
Appleby: 2h 14 m
Barrow: 2h 17m
Carlisle: 2h 19m
Kendal 1h 36m
Keswick: 2h 21m
Penrith: 2h
Sedbergh: 1h 43m
Silloth: 3h 2m
Whitehaven: 2h 58m
Windermere: 1h 46m

Manchester

By Rail

First TransPennine Express offers a direct service from Manchester Airport via Manchester Piccadilly, Bolton and Preston to Grange-over- Sands, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness, Oxenholme, Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle.

By Air

Manchester Airport is an international airport providing access to the North West of the UK from a multitude of worldwide destinations. First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail provide 24/7 rail services to and from the airport. First TransPennine Express provide both direct and connecting routes (via Preston) to the Lake District.

By Road

Manchester has excellent road transport links and is surrounded by the M60 ringroad. The M61 joins the M60 ringroad with the M6, which then leads to the Cumbria Hubs. Drivetimes from Manchester Airport:
Appleby: 2h 6 m
Barrow: 2h 9m
Carlisle: 2h 11m
Kendal 1h 28m
Keswick: 2h 13m
Penrith: 1h 52m
Sedbergh: 1h 34m
Silloth: 2h 53m
Whitehaven: 2h 50m
Windermere: 1h 38m

Crewe

By Rail

Crewe is on the West Coast Main Line and Virgin Trains run hourly services from Crewe to the Cumbria Hubs. Journey times are approximately 1hr to Lancaster, 1hr 15m to Oxenholme, 1hr 35m to Penrith and 1hr 50m to Carlisle.

By Road

The M6 is 7 miles from Crewe and be accessed at Sandbach. Drivetimes from Crewe:
Appleby: 2h 5 m
Barrow: 2h 19m
Carlisle: 2h 21m
Kendal 1h 40m
Keswick: 2h 20m
Penrith: 2h 6m
Sedbergh: 1h 45m
Silloth: 2h 50m
Whitehaven: 3h
Windermere: 2h 6m

Birmingham

By Rail

Birmingham International Railway Station is located in the city centre and provides direct access via Virgin Train’s hourly services to the Cumbria Hubs.

By Air

Birmingham International Airport provides connections from over 110 worldwide destinations to the UK. A free 'Air-Rail Link' system runs to Birmingham International Airport and operates between 05:00 and 02:00 daily.

By Road

Birmingham is a central hub for road transport connections, and provides direct access to the M6. Drivetimes from Birmingham:
Appleby: 3h 19 m
Barrow: 3h 22m
Carlisle: 3h 23m
Kendal 2h 41m
Keswick: 3h 26m
Penrith: 3h 4m
Sedbergh: 2h 48m
Silloth: 4h 6m
Whitehaven: 4h 3m
Windermere: 2h 51m

Cardiff

By Rail

Arriva Train Wales runs regular services from Cardiff Central Railway Station to Crewe (journey approximately 2hr 50m), from which the West Coast Main Line Virgin Trains can be accessed for onward travel to the Cumbria Hubs.

By Road

The A48(M) connects Cardiff to the M4 which runs across the southern coast of Wales. The M5 is then joined at J20, which then merges with the M6 for onward travel to the Cumbria Hubs. Drivetimes from Cardiff:
Appleby: 4h 57 m
Barrow: 5h
Carlisle: 5h 2m
Kendal 4h 19m
Keswick: 5h 4m
Penrith: 4h 42m
Sedbergh: 4h 26m
Silloth: 5h 44m
Whitehaven: 5h 41m
Windermere: 4h 29m

By Air

Cardiff Airport providing connections to Newcastle, Isle of Anglesey, Jersey, Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as a multitude of worldwide destinations. Hourly trains run to Cardiff Airport from Cardiff Central and Bridgend train stations. The Cardiff Airport Express service provides connections from Cardiff city centre.

London

By Rail

London Euston Railway Station provides direct rail routes via Virgin Trains to all of the Cumbria Hubs. Eurostar services now operate direct into London St Pancras International, which is a short distance away from London Euston where direct Virgin Trains services operate to Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle daily.

By Air

London Heathrow is the main international airport in London. The London Underground Piccadilly line connects the airport terminals to central London. Change at Leicester Square onto the Northern line for Euston railway station.
London City Airport is located in East London and provides routes from other UK and European destinations into London. A bus service connects the airport with the Docklands Light Railway, which operates routes through central London. Change at Bank onto the Northern line for Euston railway station.

By Road

The M1 leads directly out of London towards the North West. At J15 merge onto the M6, from which the Cumbria Hubs can be accessed. (Please note that this route includes toll roads.) Drivetimes from London:
Appleby: 5h 19 m
Barrow: 5h 25m
Carlisle: 5h 26m
Kendal 4h 44m
Keswick: 5h 29m
Penrith: 5h 7m
Sedbergh: 4h 51m
Silloth: 6h 9m
Whitehaven: 6h 6m
Windermere: 4h 54m

Dover

By Ferry

P&O Ferries, MyFerryLink and DFDS Seaways run daily crossings to Calais from Dover Ferry Port. In addition, DFDS Seaways run daily crossings to Dunkirk. The nearest railway station is Dover Priory Station. Services operate from London Victoria or London Charing Cross. National Express operate a bus service to Dover Ferry Port from London Victoria.

By Rail

Southeastern Trains run regular services to London St Pancras from Dover Priory Railway Station, lasting approximately 1hr 50m. London Euston is either a short walk or Underground journey from London St Pancras, from which Virgin Trains operate the West Coast Main Line service directly to the Cumbria Hubs.

By Road

The A20/M20 connects dover with the M25 ring road around London. Travelling anti-clockwise around the M25, the M1 leads away from London towards the North West. At J15 merge onto the M6, from which the Cumbria Hubs can be accessed. (Please note that this route includes toll roads.) Drivetimes from Dover Ferry Port:
Appleby: 6h 14 m
Barrow: 6h 25m
Carlisle: 6h 27m
Kendal 5h 44m
Keswick: 6h 29m
Penrith: 6h 8m
Sedbergh: 5h 51m
Silloth: 7h 9m
Whitehaven: 7h 6m
Windermere: 5h 54m

Cumbria Hubs
Ambleside
Barrow-in-Furness
Bowness-on-Windermere
Broughton-in-Furness
Cockermouth
Coniston
Grange-over-Sands
Grasmere
Hawkshead
Honister
Keswick
Kirkby Lonsdale
Ravenglass
Ulverston
Windermere
Workington
Carlisle
Bus Routes from Carlisle
Train from Carlisle
Penrith
Train Routes from Penrith
Oxenholme
Bus Routes from Oxenholme
train Routes from Oxenholme
Lancaster
Bus Routes from Lancaster
Train Routes from Lancaster
Towns
Kirkby Lonsdale Grange-over-Sands Ulverston Barrow-in-Furness Broughton-in-Furness Ravenglass Bowness-on-Windermere Windermere Hawkshead Coniston Ambleside Grasmere Honister Keswick Cockermouth Workington Transport links to Cumbria from throughout the United Kingdom

Carlisle

By road

Carlisle is accessible from J42 of the M6 from the south, and J44 from the north.  The A595 and A596 provide routes to the west coast to Maryport (27.6 miles), Workington (32.4 miles) and Cockermouth (26 miles).

By rail

At Carlisle connections can be made to the West Coast Main Line (to each of the Cumbria Hubs), the Settle - Carlisle line, the Tyne Valley line, and the Cumbria Coast line.  A regular Northern Rail service also runs from Carlisle heading west to Workington and then down the coast to Ravenglass and finishing at Barrow-in-Furness.

By bus

The LakesLink 555 connects Carlisle with the southern Lake District and onwards to Lancaster, calling at Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal.

The 300/301 connects Carlisle with the west coast of Cumbria, calling at Wigton, Maryport and Whitehaven. The 600 service connects Carlisle to Cockermouth.

Full listing of bus services to and through Carlisle

Penrith

By road

Penrith has excellent road links, being located just off the M6 at J40.  The A66 from the east also passes by Penrith and continues through to Keswick (17.3 miles) and Cockermouth (31.1 miles).

By bus

The X4 and X5 services cross Cumbria to connect Penrith with Keswick, Cockermouth and Workington on the west coast. Several services connect Carlisle and Penrith, namely 104, 106, 107 and 133.

The 106/107 services run from Penrith through to Kendal along the eastern outskirts of Cumbria.

Full listing of bus services to and through Penrith

Oxenholme

By road

Oxenholme is located 2 miles outside of Kendal.  The M6 J 36 is 6 miles from Oxenholme.

From Oxenholme, the A65 leads directly into Kendal town centre, from which onward journeys can be made to Windermere (8.3 miles) and Ambleside (13 miles) via the A591 or Carlisle (45.6 miles) and Penrith (28.7 miles) on the A6.

The A590 runs from Kendal along the southern edge of Cumbria, providing access to Ulverston (25 miles), Barrow-in-Furness (34.9 miles), Broughton-in-Furness (30.3 miles) and on to the west coast via the A595.

By rail

At Oxenholme connections can be made to Windermere via First TransPennine Express, calling at Kendal, Burneside, Staveley. The West Coast main line also connects Oxenholme with the other Cumbria Hubs via Virgin Trains.

By bus

Oxenholme is located just outside of Kendal, and the 41 bus service runs through to the Kendal bus station.
From Kendal, connections can be made to Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick and Carlisle via the LakesLink 555. Penrith can be visited using the 106/107 service. The Coniston Rambler (505) runs to Ambleside, Hawkshead and Coniston. In the summer an Open Top Bus Experience (599) travels from Kendal through the Central Lakes to Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

The 567 connects Kendal with Kirkby Lonsdale to the east of Cumbria. The X6 provides a service across the south of Cumbria from Kendal across to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.

Full listing of bus services to and through Kendal

Lancaster

By road

Lancaster is accessible from the M6 at J33 from the south and J34 from the north.  The A6 runs through Lancaster, and continues on the Kendal (25.6 miles), Penrith (54.5 miles) and Carlisle (73.6 miles).

By rail

Connecting at Lancaster with Northern Rail for the spectacular Furness line to Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness and along the stunningly beautiful Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass, Whitehaven and Maryport for ‘Keswick & the Western Lake District', as well as many other smaller stations.

A Northern Rail service runs from Lancaster through to Windermere, via Oxenholme and Kendal.

By bus

The 555 and 755 connect Lancaster with Kendal, from which onward routes can be made.  The 81A/81B service runs through to Kirkby Lonsdale directly from Lancaster.

Other services connect Lancaster with Carlisle via different routes.

See www.stagecoachbus.com for detailed information.

Ambleside

By road

The A591 passes through Ambleside from Kendal (12.9 miles) and Windermere (4.6 miles), and continues on to Keswick (17.1 miles). The A593 from Ambleside provides access to Coniston (7.8 miles) and Broughton-in-Furness (16.9 miles).

By bus

The LakesLink 555 runs through Ambleside, connecting Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick and Carlisle. 

The Coniston Rambler (505) runs from Kendal through Windermere and Ambleside, through to Hawkshead and Coniston. The Langdale Rambler (516) from Ambleside travels through to the Langdales to Dungeon Ghyll.

In the summer an Open Top Bus Experience (599) travels from Kendal through the Central Lakes to Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

The 618 service also connects Windermere and Ambleside to Barrow-in-Furness.

Full listing of bus services to and through Ambleside

Barrow-in-Furness

By road

The A590 runs from Barrow-in-Furness through Ulverston (10.5 miles) and Newby Bridge (18.9 miles) through to Kendal (34.7 miles). At Dalton-in-Furness (just outside Barrow on the A590), the A595 connects Barrow with the west coast, including Ravenglass (30.1 miles), Whitehaven (46.8 miles) and Workington (54.3 miles). 

By rail

Northern Rail operate a service from Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness that passes through Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston. The service then continues up the west coast of Cumbria through Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Workington and finishing in Carlisle.

By bus

The X6 provides a service across the south of Cumbria from Kendal across to Barrow-in-Furness. The 7 service also runs through to Barrow-in-Furness.

Bowness-on-Windermere

By road

Bowness is 1.4 miles from Windermere along the A5074.  The A592 passes through Bowness and connects it with Newby Bridge to the south (7.5 miles) and to the north Kirkstone Pass (6.6 miles) and Glenridding (14 miles).

By bus

In the summer an Open Top Bus Experience (599) travels through the Central Lakes from Kendal to Windermere including Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

Services run from Barrow-in-Furness (6) through Ulverston and Newby Bridge up to Bowness-on-Windermere.
The 508 connects Bowness-on-Windermere with Penrith, via Windermere, Patterdale and Pooley Bridge.

Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are all accessible via the 599 service. The 800 service also runs from Ambleside and passes through Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, before continuing along the lake shore to Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite.

Broughton-in-Furness

By road

Broughton-in-Furness is a short distance from the A595, which connects it with Barrow-in-Furness to the south (15.5 miles) and the west coast including Ravenglass (19.5 miles), Whitehaven (29.7 miles) and Workington (37.2 miles).

By bus

Bus service 7 run from Broughton-in-Furness to Barrow-in-Furness and Millom.

The summer service (X33) offers connections to Ambleside and Coniston in the Central Lakes and Muncaster and Ravenglass on the west coast.

Full listing of bus services to and through Broughton-in-Furness

Cockermouth

By road

Cockermouth is well serviced by the A595 which leads to Carlisle in the north (26.5 miles) and Workington on the west coast (7.7 miles).  The A66 also connects Cockermouth with Keswick (13.9 miles) and Penrith (31.8 miles).

By bus

The X4 and X5 services connect Cockermouth with Penrith and Workington. The 609 service runs through Wigton to Carlisle. Buses also run from Cockermouth to Maryport (58) and Whitehaven (600).

Full listing of bus services to and through Cockermouth

Coniston

By road

The A593 runs through Coniston, connecting it with Ambleside toward the north (7.7 miles) and Broughton-in-Furness toward the south west (9.1 miles). Hawkshead is 4.2 miles away via the B5285.

By bus

The Coniston Rambler (505) runs from Kendal through Windermere and Ambleside, through to Hawkshead and Coniston.

A summer service (X33) runs from Ambleside through Coniston and on to Muncaster and Ravenglass on the west coast

Full listing of bus services to and through Coniston

Grange-over-Sands

By road

Grange-over-Sands is accessible from the A590 that runs along the south of Cumbria.  The B5277 leads through Lindale to Grange-over-Sands (2.3 miles). Cartmel is 2.1 miles from Grange-over-Sands.

By rail

Northern Rail operate a service from Lancaster to Grange-over-Sands, that continues around the southern and west coasts of Cumbria through Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness, Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Workington and finishing in Carlisle.

By bus

The X6 provides a service across the south of Cumbria from Kendal across to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness, passing through Grange-over-Sands. The 530 service also runs from Kendal to Grange-over-Sands, ending in Cartmel.

The 532 circular service takes in Flookburgh and Cartmel.

Full listing of bus services to and through Grange-over-Sands

Grasmere

By road

Grasmere is located just off the A591 and is 4.3 miles from Ambleside. The A591 leads to Keswick in the north (12.7 miles) and Windermere (8.8 miles) and Kendal (17.1 miles) to the south east.

By bus

The LakesLink 555 runs through Grasmere, connecting Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick and Carlisle.

In the summer an Open Top Bus Experience (599) travels from Kendal through the Central Lakes to Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

On Saturdays only, the X8 service travels through Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.

Full listing of bus services to and through Grasmere

Hawkshead

By road

The B5286 from Hawkshead leads to Ambleside in the north (5.3 miles).  Coniston is 4.2 miles away via the B5285.

By bus

The Coniston Rambler (505) runs from Kendal through Windermere and Ambleside, through to Hawkshead and Coniston.

The seasonal Cross Lakes Shuttle (525) allows you to use both Stagecoach and Mountain Goat buses across the Central Lakes. Routes from Hawkshead run to Coniston and Grizedale. The X30 service also runs to Grizedale from Hawkhead.

Full listing of bus services to and through Hawkshead

Honister

By road

Honister is 10 miles from Keswick via the B5289.

By bus

The Honister Rambler (77/77A) is a circular service that runs from Keswick to Honister, then on to Buttermere and Whitlatter before returning to Keswick.

Kendal

Keswick

By road

Keswick is located on the A66, providing excellent access to the east for Penrith (18.1 miles) and Cockermouth (13.9 miles) and Workington (20.9 miles) in the west.  the A591 also passes through Keswick, connecting to Grasmere (12.7 miles), Ambleside (16.7 miles), Windermere (21.3 miles) and Kendal (29.5 miles).

By bus

The X4 and X5 services connect Keswick between Penrith and Workington. The LakesLink 555 runs through Keswick, connecting Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Carlisle.

Rambler services also run through Keswick, including the Caldbeck Rambler (73/73A) running from Keswick to Carlisle via Caldbeck, and the Honister Rambler (77/77A) to Buttermere.

Full listing of bus services to and through Keswick

Kirkby Lonsdale

By road

Kirkby Lonsdale is 6 miles from the M6 J36 via the A65.  At the motorway junction, the A590 leads gives access to Kendal (13.8 miles from Kirkby Lonsdale).

By bus

The 80/81 service runs through to Lancaster through surrounding villages via the A and B route options.
The 567 service connects Kirkby Lonsdale with Kendal.

Full listing of bus services to and through Kirkby Lonsdale

Ravenglass

By road

Ravenglass is located on the A595 which provides access to Broughton-in-Furness to the south (19.4 miles) and Whitehaven (17.2 miles) and Workington (24.7 miles) to the north.  Ambleside can also be reached via Hardknott Pass (22.4 miles).

By rail

Northern Rail operate a service from Carlisle right around the coast of Cumbria through Ravenglass via Workington, then travelling on to Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands through to Lancaster.

The Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway operate services on a scenic stretch of heritage railway through the Eskdale valley to Dalegarth for Boot, at the foot of the Scafell Range.

By bus

A summer service (X33) runs from Ravenglass through Muncaster and on to Ambleside and Coniston.
Whitehaven is easily accessible via the number 6 service.

Full listing of bus services to and through Ravenglass

Ulverston

By road

Ulverston is on the A590 which crosses across the south of Cumbria from Kendal (24.2 miles) to Barrow-in-Furness (10.3 miles).  Broughton-in-Furness can also be accessed via the B5281 and A595 (9.6 miles).

By rail

Northern Rail operate a service from Carlisle right around the coast of Cumbria through Workington, Whitehaven and Ravenglass, travelling on to Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston then heading on to and Grange-over-Sands and Lancaster.

By bus

The X6 provides a service across the south of Cumbria from Kendal across to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness. The 6 service runs from Barrow-in-Furness through Ulverston to Newby Bridge and along the shore of Lake Windermere to Windermere.

The X12 from Ulverston provides a route through to Coniston.

Full listing of bus services to and through Ulverston

Windermere

By road

Windermere is ideally located on the A591 from Kendal (8.3 miles) and Ambleside (4.6 miles). The A592 also leads down to Newby Bridge (8.9 miles) which then connects via the A590 to Ulverston (17.6 miles), Barrow-in-Furness (27.5 miles) and Broughton-in-Furness (22.9 miles).

By rail

First TransPennine Express rail services run from Windermere Station to Kendal, Oxenholme and Lancaster.

By bus

The LakesLink 555 runs through Windermere, connecting Lancaster, Kendal, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick and Carlisle.
Various Rambler services provide access from Windermere to Coniston (505), the Langdales (516) and Glenridding (508).
Bus route 6 also run along Lake Windermere through Newby Bridge to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.

In the summer an Open Top Bus Experience (599) travels from Kendal through the Central Lakes to Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

Full listing of bus services to and through Windermere

Workington

By road

Workington is well connected with road links including the A66 to Cockermouth (7.7 miles), Keswick (20.9 miles) and Penrith (38.9 miles), and the A595 to Carlisle (32.9 miles).  The A595 also heads south from Workington providing access to Whitehaven (8.5 miles), Ravenglass (24.8 miles) and Broughton-in-Furness (37.1 miles).

By rail

Northern Rail operate a service from Carlisle right around the coast of Cumbria through Workington, Ravenglass, Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands through to Lancaster.

By bus

A number of services run between Workington and Whitehaven. The 300/201 buses travel through Maryport and Wigton before arriving in Carlisle. The X4 and X5 services connect Workington with Keswick and Penrith.

Full listing of bus services to and through Workington