Travel & Parking

Located in the heart of the Lake District, the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the UK, Keswick is very accessible by all means of transport, meaning that you can consider the environment when planning your route to Keswick Mountain Festival. Below we have provided information and useful links to help you find your way, whichever mode of transport you choose. 

walking towards Portinscale
views of Skiddaw in the Autumn
Derwentwater Launch
the icon Moot Hall


From the M6 (traveling both North or South) take Junction 40 at Penrith for the North Lakes. From J40, follow the A66 West for approximately 17 miles to Keswick.

From the South, for a scenic route through the Lake District, you can leave the M6 at Junction 36 and take the A591 via Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere over Dunmail Raise and Past Thirlmere Reservoir. If traveling after dark, we recommend that you leave at J40 and take the A66 route.

The AA Route Planner and RAC Route Planner are an excellent way to plan your route to Keswick.

Keswick Car Parks

Details on car parking are yet to be finalised but we expect that Lakeside Car Park will be closed to the public on Saturday 10th June until 5.30pm and on Sunday 11th June until 3.30pm. This is in order to provide a closed road start for all the sporting events.

We are currently agreeing the details of a dedicated Festival car park which is very close to the Festival Village and to Keswick.

Parking however is always going to be limited in Keswick so if you can park at your accommodation and walk to the Festival Village this is always recommended.

Town centre pay and display car parks will be open as usual, see below a list of all the available car parks in Keswick:

Post code: CA12 5DF Walking distance: 4 minutes (disabled parking available)

Post code: CA12 5AE Walking distance: 5 minutes (disabled parking available)

Rawnsley Centre
Post code: CA12 5JF Walking distance: 7 minutes (disabled parking available)

Bell Close
Post code: CA12 5JD Walking distance:7 - 10 minutes (disabled parking available)

Otley Road
Post code: CA12 5LE Walking distance: 7 - 10 minutes (disabled parking available)

Pencil Museum
Post code: CA12 5NG Walking distance: 7 - 10 minutes

Leisure Centre
Post code: CA12 4NF Walking distance:15 minutes

If you require disabled parking close to the Festival site please contact us asap on


With a timetable, and a little planning, you can reach the Keswick Mountain Festival and many other beautiful Lake District places by bus. If you are a walker, you can use the bus to complete a linear walk without the necessity of having to return to where you left the car.

Stagecoach Download Bus Timetables

Penrith to Workington - Service X4, X5
Runs from Penrith bus station via Penrith railway station to Keswick, and then continues to Cockermouth and Workington. It also services the villages of Threlkeld, Thornthwaite, Bassenthwaite, Embleton and the Lakes Distillery.

Lakeslink - Service 554, 555
A lovely bus journey - the 554 service runs between Keswick and Carlisle via Mirehouse, Castle Inn, Bothel and Wigton. The 555 service runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere.

The Honister Rambler - Service 77, 77A
Operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions taking in Portinscale, Catbells, Grange, Seatoller, Honister Slate Mine, Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter Forest.

The Caldbeck Rambler - Service 73, 73A

A circular route from Keswick to Caldbeck via Applethwaite, Mirehouse and Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite village, Uldale and Ireby to Caldbeck and returns to Keswick via Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale, Threlkeld and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Service 73A operates the same route in reverse.

The Borrowdale Rambler - Service 78
Keswick to Seatoller via Derwentwater Lakeshore, Lodore, Grange in Borrowdale and Rosthwaite.

Keswick to Patterdale Ullswater Connexion - Service 208
This service runs from Keswick to Patterdale via Aira Force and the village of Glenridding.


Penrith, Carlisle and Kendal (via Oxenholme) are served by the West Coast Main Line - a fast, frequent and easily accessible service from all over the country. The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, a distance of 17 miles. A bus service (journey of approx 40 minutes) connects Penrith railway station with Keswick Bus Station. Alternatively you can pre-book a taxi from Penrith train station to Keswick. We recommend local company Davies - Tel: 017687 72676

The historic Settle to Carlisle line brings passengers from Yorkshire via the Eden Valley.

The West Coast line is operated by Virgin Trains. Check out train times with the Trainline.


Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport both offer convenient access to the North of the UK. Manchester serves more domestic destinations than any UK airport which, together with its first class road and rail link make it an ideal gateway to Cumbria.

Manchester Airport has its own railway station, with direct links to Oxenholme - the Lake District, Kendal, Windermere and the West Coast Main Line. Newcastle Airport also has good road links to Cumbria and the Lake District.


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