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Coniston Rambler - Day 1

Hawkshead and Coniston by Bus- A Winding, Scenic Adventure

Hitchhiking in the Lakes is not always an easy thing to do. However, for an off-the-grid, Micro-gap experience the Coniston Rambler bus service offers a more reliable (and slightly more sedate!) alternative. It winds its way through rural hamlets and iconic scenery to some unexpected adventures.


Board the 505 Coniston Rambler Service from Windermere Bus and Rail Interchange and enjoy as you start your winding scenic adventure.
Coniston Rambler (505)

Coniston Rambler (505)

A wealth of opportunities awaits you when you take a ride on the Coniston Rambler. Be an early bird from Kendal or start at Ambleside, looking out for glorious woodland, small rivers and stone bridges backed by Lakeland fells.


Alight in Hawkshead, if you are unsure as to when to get off, ask the driver to give you a nod when you are getting near. You will be dropped by the bus stop in the main car park. From here follow the road up and right to head to the village centre.
The small, yet perfectly formed Hawkshead village is bursting at the seams with a host of vibrant café’s, pubs and restaurants.


Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District. This small village has a magical feel!


Explore Hawkshead’s mixture of cobbled streets and clusters of whitewashed cottages, huddled around secluded courtyards, which give the village a real sense of intimacy.

With quirky shops, William Wordsworth’s old school, and the National Trust’s Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead has everything for a traditional lakeland afternoon sojourn.

For a slightly less conventional experience pre-book an interactive chocolate making workshop at the Chocolate Factory, Hawkshead. Make three chocolate creations, get gooey and have fun! Alternatively, for the cat lovers amongst you, head over to Kittchen for local food, beverages and a snuggle with a furry friend.
The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

The Chocolate Factory

A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable.


Coffee-house and bar specialising in Cumbrian made produce and craft beer, wine and spirits. Arts venue hosting everything from movies and music, to poetry and crafts. Home to several very sociable cats.


Try out one of the local Lakeland Inns dotted about the village and neighbouring countryside (if you don’t mind a walk home at the end of the evening, don’t forget your torch!).

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Windermere Train Station

Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AY

Map reference: SD 408987
     Lat: 54.38034  Long: -2.91294

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