One Day, One Way Walks

Alfred Wainwright used public transport to travel around the Lake District and research his guide books and today there is a real 'will' to re energise the local transport network and encourage walkers to use the service. The bus service in the Lakes is in fact pretty good and with some imagination there is actually a great choice of linear walks available. I have listed my favourite 10 linear walks and included, within the individual walk descriptions, information on the bus timetables and convenient services (please check the times though as they may be out of date). The walks all start from one of the major towns in the Lakes; Keswick, Windermere or Ambleside. I have suggest taking the bus at the start of the day so that there is no time pressure to catch 'the last bus' at the end of the walk.  

Miles
8

Seatoller to Keswick via Catbells

Portinscale
  • Bus from Keswick to Seatoller
  • Explore this craggy and wooded valley
  • Options to climb Catbells & Castle Crag

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L137
Miles
17.5

From Kirkstone Pass to Threlkeld

Red Screes
  • Full Helvellyn Range
  • 18 miles of high ridges
  • 14 Wainwrights

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L039
Miles
9.5

Buttermere to Keswick via Newlands

Sail Beck from Buttermere
  • Bus from Keswick to Buttermere
  • Explore lovely Newlands valley
  • Take in the smaller fell of Ard Crags

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L138
Miles
10.5

Bassenthwaite to Threlkeld

Dash Falls
  • Passes remote and tranquil countryside
  • Dash Falls is a beautiful waterfall
  • Use the bus service from Threlkeld or Keswick

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L029
Miles
12.5

Kendal to Windermere via the Dalesway

School Knotts
  • Enjoy the banks of the River Kent
  • Great views as Windermere is approached
  • Quiet farm tracks & paths

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L145
Miles
4

Threlkeld to Keswick via the Old Railway

Old Railway
  • One Way walk along the Old Railway
  • Spectacular views over the fast flowing river
  • Look out for red squirrels in the woods

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L144
Miles
4.5 miles

Grasmere to Ambleside via Loughrigg Fell

  • Take the bus from Ambleside to Grasmere
  • Stunning views from Loughrigg Fell
  • Visit pretty Lily Tarn over Ambleside

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L143
Miles
8.5

Coniston to Ambleside via Tarn Hows

Yew Tree Cottage
  • Bus from Ambleside to Coniston
  • Easy walk with plenty to see
  • Highlights inc Tarn Hows and Loughrigg

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L142
Miles
8.5

The Beauty of Ullswater

Lady Wakefield
  • Lovely stretch of lake side
  • Views up and down Ullswater
  • Rocky shoreline & Woodland

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L071
Miles
2.5

Derwentwater west shores

High Brandlehow
  • Attractive wooded lakeside walk
  • Rocky outcrops and pretty inlets
  • Parts are quiet and peaceful

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L035