In summer there is a bus service connecting the ferry from Windermere with Near Sawrey. I decided to take the bus back down to the ferry, and went to the bus stop.
I checked the times and found that I had to wait only a few minutes. But the few minutes went by and still there was no bus. On the other side of the road, a bus had come and left.
It was only after standing there for about half an hour that I realized the schedule printed at the bus stop gave the times for both directions. Unfortunately for me the other schedule was printed first. I should have waited at the opposite bus stop!
So I had to cross the street and wait for another 30 minutes. Luckily it wasn't raining and I had a book to read. The bus showed up at exactly the scheduled time and took me back to the ferry.
When you look at the picture you can see it only say "bus stop", not where the bus is going to.
This is a ticket offering unlimited travel within an area bounded by Lancaster/Heysham/Workington/Windermere/Penrith. Includes some Windermere Lake cruises plus all Stagecoach in Cumbria bus services including to Lancaster. Also offers a 10% discount on trains on the Ravenglass and Eskdale and Lakeside and Haverthwaite railways.
In 2010 prices are £18.50 for adults, with a railcard £12.20 and children £8.50. Family £36.00.
The Lake District is very popular with cyclists and there are many designated cycle routes, ranging from the simple, flat lanes to the very challenging mountain pass routes. Hardknott, Wrynose and the Langdale Passes are all mega attractions for those on two wheels, although these are proper roads on tarmac. The blue cycle tracks are everywhere, often depicting "challenging" routes, over mountains and through rivers etc. Make sure you know what your body can take before opting for difficult challenges.
Heading out of the Duddon Valley by car north eastwards, there are two options, Hardknott Pass or Wrynose Pass. From Wrynose you can then take the pass over the Langdales. All of these routes are extremely scenic but admittedly, most of the time the driver won't be able to appreciate the spectacular landscape all around, as he concentrates on his driving. The roads are all single track, poorly surfaced in parts and climb some pretty steep gradients. There are also plenty of hairpin bends to negotiate, as well. Do not attempt to take a motorhome over these passes, that really is not sensible with some of the bends and sheer drops into the valley bottom! The rules are simple, if you are coming down, give way to those going up.Do not stop on your ascent. There are plenty of places to pull off the road to admire the views, don't use passing places.
Hardknott is the steepest pass in England, rising to 1291 feet, with a gradient of 1 in 3 and is Eskdale's eastern exit, joining Wrynose Pass and so into major tourist Lakeland at Skelwith Bridge on the A593.It's a most scenic route, taking your breath away as you negotiate the hairpin bends and gradients. Once you have descended Hardknott, you follow the river Duddon for a while, along Wrynose Bottom until you begin ascending again over Wrynose Pass. This is not quite as steep as Hardknott, but extreme care is still required. In the summer months it can take a considerable time driving this route, having to back-up and wait for to pass on the single track road. On the pass, you will notice the Three Shires Stone, where the three old counties of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire met.
Langdale Pass takes in glorious views of the Langdale Pikes and there is a small car park at scenic Blea Tarn.
To start walking up the path to Hill Top Farm I had to cross Lake Windermere by ferry.
I had originally planned to walk from Windermere train station to the ferry in Bowness, but when I saw the bus waiting outside the station I changed my mind. A good thing I did,as it took longer than I had thought.
From the bus stop at Lake Windermere it is a few more minutes walk to the ferry across the lake. I saw many cars queuing for the ferry, but only a handful of pedestrians, so I was able to get on the first ferry. The journey is only a few minutes.
There is a slightly disturbing sign on the ferry, saying in case of bad weather you are stuck on the other side. It's a good idea to check the weather forecast before, or it might mean a very expensive taxi ride.
I don't know how serious this sign is. The crossing was so smooth that it was hard to imagine a storm so bad that the ferry couldn't run. But I know from Lake Constance that storms on lakes can be as dangerous than those on the open sea.
As a pedestrian I paid 50 pence for the crossing.
Since I didn't rent a car, I depended on public transportation. In summer this was no problem, but from what I read it can be very difficult outside the main season.
From Kendal there is a regular train service to Windermere. The journey is about 15 minutes. Since I had a day pass which I had used for travelling up from London that day, I cannot tell you how much it is.
Windermere is the starting point of several bus services.
I just want to know how to get to Lake District National Park from Nottingham by train. I have a plan for travelling to England and my travelling line is London-Cambridge-Nottingham-Lake District National Park-Edinburgh.
The Lake District has a mainline steam railway that runs between Haverthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Lake Windermere.
The line is not very long but it is quite a scenic ride through pleasant countryside behind a steam engine pulling 1950s style coaches.
The station at Haverthwaite is worth a visit even if you are not travelling on the train just to sample it cafe. The homemade pies and pastries are very good and the old railway tearoom is authentically recreated ( and there are no 3 day old pork pies!).
You can buy an inclusive ticket for the train and lake steamer and transfer from the train at Lakeside to the waiting boat to travel on to Bowness and Ambleside.
One of the UKs best railway companies is now operating services to and from the Lakes. There are direct services using new 2007 trains to Windermere and Barrow on Furness from Manchester. Passengers from the south and Scotland would travel with Virgin and change for Windermere at Oxenholme and for Grange, Ulverston and Barrow ( and the southern part of the Cumbria coast) at Lancaster. Change at Carlisle for the northern part part of the coast.
Transpennine Express trains are clean and punctual. The announcements with destination and safety details are clear and concise and there is catering on many trains.
We hired a car in London and drove up to the Lake District. The journey took about 6 hours in all though we did stop a good number of times. Car hire is good value in the UK, and it cost us only 125 pounds for 6 days for a brand new Nissan. The petrol prices did add significantly to the bill.
Having a car in the Lake District is useful as it makes it easy to get around and see the sights. However, car-parks are in short supply and you’ll spend a lot of money on parking fees.
By Car : The Lake District is not far from the M6. Depending on which area of the lakes you wish to go, you can take one of two exits. Junction 36 will take you to the south lakes and junction 40 to the north lakes.
Travelling east to west is difficult because of the Pennines. The best routes are A69 from Newcastle, A66 from Darlington and A1 and A684 from the Yorkshire Dales.
By Bus : If you are travelling from London, it will take roughly 6 ½ hrs on a National Express Rapide bus from Victoria. The company also operate a service from major cities.
By Air : If you’re flying, the Manchester Airport is only about 1 ½ hrs drive. Or you can take a train to Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness or Grange-over-Sands.
You really need a car to see the best of the Lake District, but below is a website giving details of how to get to the Lake District by train from various parts of the country :-
The below site offers information about bus and train travel to and around the Lake District :-
By car, go north on the M6 and come off at junction 37 for Windermere and the South Lakes or continue to junction 40 for Keswick and the North Lakes.
of course we travelled around in our Smart car and having yuor own transport is really the best way to travel through the lake District. The little car is ideal for taking the narrow roads and twisty bends!
Parking can be a nightmare in the whole area so in the high season I would consider taking the bus when going somewhere and leave the car at the hotel/B&B.
There are several car parks run by local authorities or the national trust but even in winter some of them were packed and it was hard to find parking space.
Please note that most of these car parks are "pay and display".
We hired a car in Liverpool and drove to the Lakes from there. It was great to be able to drive everywhere we liked, especially on a rainy day. Please note that small streets might be a bit adventurous. Loved it :)