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.
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.
The AA Route Planner and RAC Route Planner are an excellent way to plan your route to Keswick.
The official festival car park is at Keswick Rugby Club which is a 5 minute walk to the Festival site. You can book tickets in advance here. If there is space available there will be tickets sold on the day but advance booking is the only way to guarantee a space. Tickets are sold per day your parking ticket must be displayed on your dashboard at all times.
Lakeside car park is adjacent to the Festival Site and the Theatre. In 2019 this has not been taken over by the festival and parking is by pay and display and available on a first come first served basis. There are a number of other pay and display car parks in and around Keswick.
Please note that there is parking available at the campsite and this is included in the ticket price. We would recommend that you leave your car at the campsite for the weekend if at all possible.
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.
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.
A selection of local taxi numbers:
Davies Taxis – 01768 772 676
Iain’s Taxis – 01768 736 333
Derwent Taxis – 01768 775 585
Keswick Cab Co – 07961 589 003