Lake District guide by bus to its top TikTok beauty spots including Windermere, Kendal, Bowness and Ambleside

The Lake District has been named the most searched national parks on TikTok. But for many, access to these beautiful places can only be done through social media.

So the question is, how do you get to these amazing TikTok places if you’re not driving? Well, there is always public transport.

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You might think that a rural area like the Lake District would be difficult to negotiate.

You would be wrong. There are a number of bus routes designed to take you to some of the magical places on offer and we have compiled a list of a few places you can get to by bus.

Windermere to…


Grasmere – every 20 minutes

Learn about Wordsworth’s history and taste Grasmere’s famous gingerbread. On bus number 555 599

Ambleside – every 11 minutes

Take the 599 open top bus to the start of your walk to Stock Ghyll Force and enjoy stunning views of the Langdales

Coniston – every 60 minutes

Take a ride on the famous Steam Yacht Gondola to really appreciate the natural beauty of the area. On the 505 bus

Hawkshead – every 38 minutes

Discover the local specialties in the labyrinthine alleys of this picturesque village full of character. On the 508 bus

Ambleside to…


Windermere – every 14 minutes

After a day of exploring, there are plenty of places to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite. On buses 505 555 599.

Bowness – every 28 minutes

Hire a boat or enjoy a leisurely cruise on England’s largest lake, Windermere. On the 599 bus.

Grasmere – every 15 minutes

Immerse yourself in the world of poetry at Wordsworth Grasmere. Don’t forget to try Grasmere’s famous gingerbread in the village. On the 555 599 bus.

Hawkshead – every 20 minutes

With its cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages, it’s the perfect place to experience the real Lake District. On the 505 bus.

Elterwater – every 17 minutes

Visit the famous Skelwith Force waterfall and sample a beer from the Langdale Brewing Company. On the 516 bus.

Keswick – every 40 minutes

This bustling market town offers a wide range of attractions, including its own lakeside theatre. On the 555 bus.

Coniston – every 36 minutes

An ideal base for walking and sailing, hop aboard the steam yacht’s famous gondola to really take in the views. On the 505 bus.

Keswick to…

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

Borrowdale – every 15 minutes

Enjoy a walk through the Borrowdale Valley, afternoon tea at Grange and return via Keswick Launch. On the 78 bus.

Buttermere – every 60 minutes

Enjoy a scenic walk around the lake, with ice and photography opportunities. On bus 77 77A.

Workington – every 55 minutes

Head to this Western Lakes coastal town with plenty of shops and museums to choose from. On the X4 X5 bus.

Rydal – every 38 minutes

Visit Rydal Mount and Gardens, the historic family home of William Wordsworth. On the 555 bus.

Cockermouth – every 31 minutes

An attractive market town with antique shops, galleries and its own world famous Jennings Brewery, visit for a real taste of the lakes. On the X4 X5 bus.

Kendal to…

The River Kent, Kendal
The River Kent, Kendal

Staveley – every 12 minutes

This beautiful village is perfect for enjoying a craft beer after a day of walking the nearby hills. On the 555 bus.

Windermere – every 24 minutes

A lovely town for a leisurely stroll or, if you’re up for it, head to the Lakeland summit of Orrest Head. By bus 555 755.

Newby Bridge – every 44 minutes

An ideal base for exploring the southern lakes, with a stop on the popular Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway line. On the X6 bus.

Grange Over Sands – every 30 minutes

A tranquil seaside retreat with some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast. On the X6 bus.

Thought about…

View of the Ullswater Valley from Hallin Fell
View of the Ullswater Valley from Hallin Fell

Aira Force – every 44 minutes

Ullswater and surrounding areas offer some of the best hiking routes in the lakes. Visit Aira Force, the most famous waterfall in the Lake District. On the 508 bus.

Keswick – every 60 minutes

Visit this market town for its scenic mountain scenery, independent shops and boat launch. Find Castlerigg Stone Circle on a hill east of town. On the X4 X5 bus.

Carlisle – every 60 minutes

Visit the town center for a shopping spree, followed by a refreshment break at one of the many cafes and restaurants on offer or even step inside the castle. On the 104 bus.

Cockermouth to…


Bassenthwaite – every 24 minutes

Keep an eye out for nesting ospreys as you walk around the lake, followed by lunch in the teahouse. On the X4 bus.

Keswick – every 33 minutes

For a panoramic view, catch the launch on Derwentwater before exploring the various unique shops and galleries the town has to offer. On the X4 X5 bus.

Workington – every 23 minutes

Head to the West Lakes for a fascinating day of industrial history and shopping. On the X4 X5.

Braithwaite – every 26 minutes

Nestled in truly stunning scenery, take a walk in the nearby hills before satisfying your hunger at one of the many excellent restaurants. On the X5.

Carlisle – every 66 minutes

Carlisle has a multitude of attractions to discover. With the castle, the cathedral and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice. On the 600.

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