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Travelling in and around the Lake District National Park

BUSES : TRAINS : ROADS+DRIVINGBOATS 

All National Park Authorities, Tourist Boards, Local Councils and English Nature are in agreement in encouraging visitors to use public transport when travelling in and around the UK, especially in popular rural areas. This reduces CO2 emissions, road congestion and noise pollution.

Once here, there are so many ways to explore the lake district and cumbria county, you will find you are spoilt for choice. For a truly memorable day out take a scenic bus journey, experience the delights of a steam train or relax on a traditional lakes steamboat. For walking and cycling information in the lakes, jump to our Outdoor Activities Page


TRAINS – Getting around by Railway: Heritage Steam Trains, Historic and Scenic Routes

You can travel the coastline of Cumbria from Carlisle in the north by train to Barrow-in-Furness in the south.  If you want to make it a full loop you can use the West Coast main line train services . Cumbria is also home to the highest narrow gauge railway in England or try a steam ride from Haverthwaite to Lakeside.

Lakeside to Haverthwaite
Steam trains running a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside via the Leven valley. Licensed restaurant, engine sheds, shop, picnic area. Haverthwaite, Ulverston, Cumbria, Tel: 015395 31594, www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

The Fellsman
A steam-hauled train over the Settle and Carlisle railway with sightseeing in Appleby or Carlisle. Rail Route: Lancaster-Preston-Bamber Bridge-Blackburn-Clitheroe-Long Preston Appleby & Carlisle. Tel: 0845 3102458, www.statesmanrail.com

Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway
Heritage steam engines haul open-top and cosy covered carriages from the Lake District coastal village of Ravenglass to the foot of England’s highest mountains. www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

For more information contact Traveline on Tel: 0871 200 22 33or visit their website at www.traveline.org.uk

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BUSES – Travelling in the Lake District by bus: Village Rambler services, open top decks
Lake District bus maps

Using the bus when you visit the Lakes gives you the opportunity to see so much more. Take the upper deck on an open top bus or try the excellent small rambler services run by Stagecoach Cumbria.  For timetables, check out www.stagecoachbus.com.

Try this very good interactive lake district bus service map (under the routes menu option) from the Cumbria Tourist Board: lake district interactive bus map this plots the bus routes in the county showing their service number, the route they will take and what you can see along the way, so why not give it a go.

Buses to and through Cockermouth:
35 Workington – Cockermouth – Slatefell.
36 Workington – Cockermouth – Keswick.
58 Cockermouth – Maryport.
217 Cockermouth – Cleator Moor.
219 Cockermouth – Cleator Moor.
263 Maryport – Workington – Cockermouth – Buttermere – Ennerdale.
600 Carlisle – Cockermouth.
949 Cockermouth – Lorton – Buttermere.
951 Cockermouth – Aspatria – Fletchertown.
X4 Penrith – Keswick – Workington.
X5 Penrith – Keswick – Workington.

Buses to and through Milnthorpe:
550 Kendal – Natland – Milnthorpe – Silverdale.
552 Kendal – Levens – Milnthorpe – Arnside.
LakesLink 555 Lancaster – Milnthorpe – Kendal – Windermere – Ambleside – Grasmere – Keswick – Carlisle.

For more information contact Traveline on Tel: 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website at www.traveline.org.uk

 

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ROADS – Travelling around the Lake District National Park by car: Driving tips
Carparks and Car Hire

We try and encourage visitors are to travel by bus,train or boat but obviosly this is not always practical or possible.  Roads in the Lake District are often quite rural, many of the valley roads can be popular with visitors but are narrow with limited parking places.  Visitors are encouraged to drive carefully, especially in the winter months and enjoy the countryside. Be aware that there is a lack of petrol stations in the most rural areas of the park so drivers are advised to watch there fuel gauges.

Car Parks
The Lake District National Park Authority run several carparks, their location and prices can be found Here

Car Hire
The following car hire services are available in the lake district area:

Kankku 4×4 off-road adventures: www.kankku.co.uk   Lakes and dales classic car hire: www.lakesanddales.co.uk

 

BOATS – Travelling in the Lake District National Park by Boats and Ferries

Getting around the Lake district National Park by Boat

Take a journey on an Ullswater Steamer and cruise the length of the lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, or a Windermere Lake Cruise from Lakeside to Waterhead, both are great ways of getting from A to B whilst you relax and take in the spectacular views.  Cruises are also available on Derwentwater and Coniston Water.

Windermere Lake Cruises
Lakeside Pier Visitor Centre, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AS, Tel: 015394 43360
Email
, www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Ullswater Steamers
Steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Additional summer routes and regular timetabled services. The ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of
the most famous and spectacular walks in the lake District

The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0

Take a journey on an Ullswater Steamer and cruise the length of the lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, or a Windermere Lake Cruise from Lakeside to Waterhead, both are great ways of getting from A to B whilst you relax and take in the spectacular views. Cruises are also available on Derwentwater and Coniston Water.

Windermere Lake Cruises
Lakeside Pier Visitor Centre, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AS, Tel: 015394 43360
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Ullswater Steamers
Steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Additional summer routes and regular timetabled services. The ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of
the most famous and spectacular walks in the lake District

The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0US, Tel: 017684 82229
www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

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 For even more detail and options for getting around the Lake District National Park, look here on
these dedicated Go Lakes Web Pages


 

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