The Beauty of Borrowdale and Buttermere

Buttermere in the Lake District

Leave the car at home and take service 77/77A (The Honister Rambler) for what must be one of the most memorable bus journeys in England.  Choose to travel clockwise or anticlockwise around this circular route.  Either way, you’ll enjoy outstanding Lakeland scenery along the way – awe-inspiring views, dramatic mountain passes, glittering lakes, green pastoral countryside and England’s only mountain Forest Park.
Buy an all-day ticket and hop on and off the bus whenever you want. This service runs between Easter and end of October.

Start/end point: Keswick Bus Station (outside Booths Supermarket). Click here for our cottages in Keswick.

Bus stop highlights

  • Nichol End – enjoy a cruise on the lake by boarding one of the Keswick Launches from the jetty.  Disembark at Hawse End or Manesty and board the bus to continue your journey.

  • Hawse End – take your choice of the high or low road.  Climb Cat Bells for superb views over the lake and then descend to the bus stop at Manesty, or take a scenic stroll along the lakeshore to the same point.

  • Grange – here you’ll find tearooms a plenty, set amid glorious views.

  • Bowder Stone – an enormous boulder that seemingly perches on one edge, and with a sturdy ladder to climb to the top. 

  • Rosthwaite village – try the Flock-In tearoom’s wonderful Herdy Burgers or their chunky Herdwick stew served with a home-made cheese scone.

  • Stonethwaite – at the entrance to Langstrath, the ‘long valley’ leading to a picnic point at Smithymire Island.

  • Seatoller – an attractive fellside village nestling at the foot of the Honister Pass.

  • Honister Slate Mine – explore underground tunnels and shafts deep in the heart of the mountain.

  • Gatesgarth – stop-off point for a gentle walk around Buttermere to the village of the same name.

  • Buttermere – attractive small village overlooked by the mountain ridge of Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks, High Stile and Red Pike.  Home of creamy Buttermere Ayrshires ice cream.

  • Rannerdale – a hidden bluebell valley (best seen in May)

  • Lanthwaite – stop-off point for lake-shore walks around Crummock Water, ending with a visit to the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater.

  • Low Lorton – home of the ancient Lorton Yew immortalised by William Wordsworth in his poem ‘Yew-Trees’.

  • Spout Force – short walk to a woodland waterfall.  

  • Whinlatter – enjoy a great choice of outdoor recreational activities within a coniferous forest.