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599 Open Top Bus Windermere – Grasmere

Bowness - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere

This fabulous open top bus is as synonymous of the Lake District as mountains and water! Well almost! There’s no better way to get a bite-sized glimpse of this incredible region than upstairs with the breeze blowing the cobwebs away on the 599 service, with its panoramic views between Bowness and Grasmere. The bus is open top in the Spring and Summer months but nicely closed in to keep warm during the winter season!


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No. of Attractions:

7 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

50 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30 minutes in winter and 20 minutes in summer

Starting point:

Kendal bus station stand C

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Journey fact:

Rydal Church was built in the 1820s by Lady le Fleming, a wealthy local landowner. An obscure fact is that the church's bell tower is actually a fake, as Lady le Fleming disliked the sound of church bells and didn't want them disturbing the peace of her estate.

Journey Overview

It’s the best introduction possible to the Lake District with a taste of everything, from the famous Bowness and Ambleside piers, through to the Langdale Pikes and breath-taking vantage points of Windermere. One-way by bus and back on a cruise boat along Lake Windermere is an unforgettable treat too!

The 599 straddles the edge of the lake and cuts through trees to unmask simply stunning lakeside views, twisting and turning as it traverses the incredible National Park at Brockhole, through Waterhead, with its incredible views of the Langdale valley mountains, then onto Ambleside, where it’s the gateway to walks aplenty and on through historic and stunning Rydal Park before nestling in Grasmere, the inspiration of William Wordsworth and Gingerbread too!

A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Bowness, customers can explore the small town’s charming streets and shops, which offer a range of locally produced goods and souvenirs. The beautiful lakefront promenade is also great for a leisurely stroll.

Continuing on the bus, the next stop is Windermere, a charming town that serves as the gateway to the Lake District. It’s worth checking out the great shops and restaurants, or take a walk along the nearby Orrest Head viewpoint, which offers stunning views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside. Boats can also be hired at Windermere or a range of water sports enjoyed. There’s also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction which is a wonderful family attraction that brings to life the author’s enchanting tales in the heart of the Lake District landscape, including the delightful Peter Rabbit Garden.

The next destination is Brockhole, a beautiful estate that offers a range of activities for visitors of all ages. The estate features a tree-top adventure course, gardens and trails to explore, and a café and shop. It also serves as the main visitor centre for the Lake District National Park, providing information and help for getting the most out of a trip to this iconic corner of the UK!

Continuing on the bus, customers arrive at Ambleside, a bustling town located in the heart of the Lake District. Ambleside is home to a range of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as several historic buildings and landmarks. Visitors can explore the local museums and galleries, or take a walk along the nearby Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.

The next stop is Rydal Church, a historic church located in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. It’s well worth perusing the church and its surroundings, including the nearby Rydal Mount and Gardens, which was once the home of poet William Wordsworth.

Finally, the bus arrives at its destination, Grasmere. This paradisical village is known for its stunning scenery, charming shops and restaurants, and historic landmarks, including the grave of poet William Wordsworth. Visitors can explore the nearby lakes and mountains, or visit the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, which has been producing its famous gingerbread for over 150 years.

How to get here...

By Megabus to Lancaster and then the 555 bus to Windermere. Direct Megabus routes run to Lancaster from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester, picking up at other destinations en route.

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By train to Lancaster or to Kendal and then the Stagecoach 555 bus from either location to Windermere.

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Plan your route to this Great Scenic Journey

Take your scenic journey to the next level by embarking on this delightful walk, carefully curated by the expert team at Go Jauntly, the leading walking app provider.

360° Views at Orrest Head


Kendal bus station stand C

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