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Lancaster to Keswick via Kendal & Windermere – The Lakes Connection 555 from Stagecoach in Cumbria

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Lakes Connection 555 from Stagecoach in Cumbria

Travel through the heart of the Lake District on the Lakes Connection 555 - up to every 30 mins during the peak of Summer.

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Lancaster to Kendal & Keswick via Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Levens, Windermere, Ambleside, Rydal & Grasmere

Travel through the heart of the Lake District on the Lakes Connection 555 – up to every 30 mins during the peak of Summer.

Places to visit & things to do along the way

There’s so much to see in this welcoming market town. With its incredible mountain backdrop and Derwent Water, Keswick is the gateway for walking, sailing and scenery. Explore Derwent Water on the Keswick Launch, or enjoy the stunning lake views from the National Trust’s Friar’s Crag walk.

A lively town with a plentiful selection of outdoor equipment shops and a very popular Saturday market, it boasts three parks and two museums.

Grasmere is probably Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth (1770-1850). Today Grasmere is totally given over to the tourist industry, with plenty of gift shops, places to stay and places to eat.

Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th Century, though the farms around Grasmere are much older. The Church dates from the 13th Century.

At the head of Lake Windermere and the foot of Kirkstone Pass, there’s a pastime for everyone. Ambleside is a bustling market town great for cafes, walking and climbing equipment. With Waterhead pier connecting visitors to the Lake, catch the steamer for a leisurely boat ride or hire a boat.

The town is bursting with traditional pubs, tea shops, and award winning restaurants.

Lake Windermere

Windermere has a variety of independent shops, cafes and eateries for sedate afternoon teas with spectacular views. A charming town for a leisurely stroll around the lake or grab your boots and walk to Orrest Head, School Knot or the National Trust’s 17th century farmhouse, Townend.

From here, hop on the 555 or 599 to Bowness for wonderful panoramic views of Lake Windermere, hire a boat or enjoy a leisurely cruise with a Windermere Lake Cruises bus & boat ticket.

Stop off at Brockhole on the Windermere shoreline – a must for family fun! Have lunch in a variety of eateries before hitting the shops in Bowness, then walk along the promenade for an ice-cream whilst taking in the best Lake views.

At the Southern gateway to the Lakes, Kendal is a great market town full of hidden places, quaint streets and quirky cafes to explore.

The home of fell walkers’ favourite, Mint Cake, Kendal offers a great base with a 12th Century castle, an array of coffee shops and eateries, Abbot Hall and numerous galleries.

Visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings, and find out more about the people who shaped its history.

Stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune. Discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years.

Shop local in Lancaster’s quirky boutiques and independent galleries, or choose from renowned high street brands in Penny Street, St Nic’s and Marketgate stores. Browse food, gifts, crafts and books at the twice-weekly Charter Market, and then relax in one of Lancaster’s wealth of cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. The smell of coffee permeates the air as you wander the streets, and you can sample everything from locally-brewed real ales to delicious home-made soups and cakes.

Discover one of England’s Heritage Cities. Discover a small city with a big story.

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This listing was last updated on 28th November 2022

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