A journey through one of the most beautiful places on earth the English Lake District it really is mountains and lakes all the way.
Also see my
train ride from Oxenholme to Windermere
as part of this journey can be made by rail as well as bus.
To see other pages covering some of the areas we are passing through see my
journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and Lake district
bus ride from Windermere to Coniston
Also see my
Cruise on Lake Windermere
This service is usually a through bus from Lancaster Monday to Saturday but just runs from Kendal to Keswick on Sundays.
Journey time is juat over 1 hour and 30 mins.
Click here to download the current Stagecoach 555 Lancaster Kendal Windermere Ambleside Grassmere Keswick bus timetable in pdf format
Please note download was correct on the date shown on timetable if in doubt visit
Planning on using other buses and boats in Cumbria download the pdf version of the Go Cumbria bus timetable guide showing times of many bus services in Cumbria and all ferry services on Lake Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwent Water, along with prices of various day tickets and loads of other useful information
Click here to go to the download page
Kendal Bus station. This where the bus from Oxenholme railway station will drop you off if you have chosen to make the journey from Oxenholme to Windermere by bus and not train from here you will have to continue on the bus route we are now taking
For times of buses from Oxenholme to Kendal Download the
41/41a timetable pdf version
Also Kendal is the first stop on the Oxenholme to Windermere branch so can be reached by train as well as bus.
Before we leave Kendal lets have a little look round.
Kendal town centre.
Kendal of course is home to the world famous Kendal mint cake.
Miller bridge crossing the the River Kent in Kendal Cumbria.
The history of Miller Bridge from the Kendal civic society
Another view of the river Kent running through Kendal.
We cross the estuary of the river Kent on the Arnside Viaduct as it flows out into Morecambe bay on my
train journey from Lancaster to Carlisle via Barrow in Furness and the Cumbrian
Back at Kendal bus station. We will be taking the Reays 555R bus that that can be seen in this picture (Please note Reays no longer operate on this route it is Stagecoach only) the Stagecoach 555 was not far behind us.
Climbing out of Kendal towards the Windermere end of the Kendal bypass
On the A591 we will be using this road for most of the journey to Keswick
We turn off the the A591 for a short distance and pass through.the village of Staveley
Back on the A591 between Staveley and Windermere
Windermere Railway Station
If you chose to use the bus from Oxenholme to Windermere this is where you would alight and either walk or catch another bus to Bowness Pier. If you are traveling to Waterhead pier or Ambleside at the north end of Lake Windermere stay on the bus as it passes both on its way to Keswick.
As Keswick does not have a railway anymore Widermere is now one of the places where people using the train to get there would leave the rail network to make the last bit of the journey by bus. Penrith and Workington are the other two places that have a good bus service into Keswick and a Railway
We will be using the same route used in my
bus ride from Windermere to Coniston
from Windermere railway station to Ambleside
After leaving Windermere Railway station the bus drops down to the shores of Lake Windermere following the A591 heading north towards Ambleside
Nearing the North end of Lake Windermere
Passing Waterhead Pier
Passing Ambleside Church
The main bus stop in Ambleside
On the road between Ambleside and Rydal water
The start of Rydal Water
Islands in Rydal Water
Heading to the end of Rydal water
Between Rydal Water and Grassmere.
Turning off the main road into Grassmere village
Grassmere Village. Grassmere is where the famous Lakeland Poet William Wordsworth lived his home was Dove Cottage
Heading out of Grassmere back towards the A591, Note the red telephone box this is a rare sight nowadays
Back on the main road.
After Grassmere we start to climb a mountain pass known as Dunmail Raise.
A point of interest the A591 between Windermere and Keswick has been voted Britain's favourite stretch of road and it is really not hard to see why
Climbing higher up the pass. Unfortunately it started to rain and sleet at this point which really was not good for taking pictures
Even through the blury windows you still get a feel of been in the mountains
Approaching the summit of the Dunmail Raise at this point the road becomes a dual carriageway for a short section you can just see the road splitting out of the front of the bus.
Dropping down from the summit towards Thirlmere.
This is a man made lake built by Manchester Corporation in the 19th century to supply Manchester with water via a 96 mile long construction known as the Thirlmere Aqueduct
A bit further north along Thirlmere.
Between Thirlmere and Keswick
A little further towards Keswick
At this point we are on a dual carrigeway. This one is unusual because one side uses the old road that is hilly and windy and the new carrigeway is straight and flat we are on the northbound carrigeway that is the straight one the southbound carrigeway can just be seen in this shot.
A great view as we near Keswick
Another great view just before we drop down into Keswick
Keswick bus station.
Lets have a little look round Keswick
A cold and wet Keswick marketplace. Very different to how most people see it on a warm summers day.
A mist covered Skidaw
A deserted Derwentwater in summer there would be hoardes of people around.
Of course the locals are always here
Despite the cold and wet there is something quite magical about the Lake District at this time of year
Looking along Derwentwater towards Borrowdale.
A view taken from the short walk between Keswick town centre and Derwentwater
Return to the last bus stop
To see a map of the bus routes. of lunatictravel.com and start to build up a picture of how to make long distance travel using local buses