Getting to the Lake District

By Train

The West Coast mainline trains run through the east of the Lake District. They connect Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle to Glasgow & London. There is also a direct train running from Manchester to Windermere. Local trains stop at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere. You can also use the Cumbrian coastline route.

By Bus

Villages and Towns such as Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are connected with many bus links with additional services laid on in the summer / busy periods..

By car

A typical trip from London and the south east is around four to five hours. It takes about 1hour 20 minutes from Manchester and about two hours from the city of York.

The M6 runs to the east of the Lake District National Park:

  • Take Junction 36 and then A590 for the southern end of the Lake District
  • Take Junction 40 and the A66 or A592 for the northern end of the Lake District
  • From Kendal to Keswick = one hour
  • From Windermere to Keswick = 45 minutes
  • From Kendal to Wasdale =  1 hour 30 minutes

Drivers should be warned while driving these routes as they contain some of the steepest gradients in the whole of the British Isles

If using a SAT NAV:

  1. Ambleside >>   LA22 9BU
  2. Bassenthwaite >>  CA12 4QH
  3. Bootle >> LA19 5TF
  4. Bowness-on-Windermere >>  LA23 3HJ
  5. Buttermere >>  CA13 9UZ
  6. Broughton-in-Furness >> LA20 6BJ
  7. Coniston Village >> LA21 8DU
  8. Coniston Boating Centre >> LA21 8EW
  9. Caldbeck >>  CA7 8EA
  10. Elterwater>>  LA22 9HP
  11. Glenridding on Ullswater >> CA11 0PA
  12. Grasmere >> LA22 9PZ
  13. Hawkshead >> LA22 0NS
  14. Hesket Newmarket >> CA7 8JG
  15. Keswick >> CA12 5DQ
  16. Loweswater >> CA13 0RU
  17. Patterdale >> CA11 0NW
  18. Pooley Bridge >> CA10 2NP
  19. Ravenglass >> CA18 1SG
  20. Seatoller >> CA12 5XN
  21. Staveley  >> LA8 9LN
  22. Troutbeck >> LA23 1PF
  23. Lake District Visitor Centre (Windermere) >>  LA23 1LJ
  24. Wasdale Head >> CA20 1EX