The summer holidays are upon us, so why not enjoy the time off by going on a family day out with your children, or taking some time out with friends and take in the best that Britain has to offer by bus?
One area that is particularly picturesque across the British Isles is the Lake District, with the Stagecoach 2017 Summer Lakes Connection Guide meaning it’s easy to plan your alternative summer bus tour around Keswick, Penrith and Windermere. So, leave your car at home and grab a weekly bus pass so that you can save money while exploring all that the Lake District has to offer on a raft of Stagecoach’s dedicated bus services…
When in Windermere, head to Brockhole
Lake Windermere is a very serene sight, while the town of Windermere has so much for the young and old to take in.
However, it is encouraged that you take the 505, the 555 or the 599 bus from the main bus station of Windermere and seek out Brockhole — a brilliant location of adventure and activity.
Kids will be excited to race each other along a 250m zip line, as well as work their way across a woodland canopy. This is based at the Lake District Visitor Centre, and if you present your bus ticket on the day, you can receive 10% off popular kid’s activities.
Speaking of incentives, with your bus ticket you can show it at the café at Brockhole, then one child will be able to eat any hot meal for free. From Windermere, the 599 bus can be caught every 20 minutes at peak times in the summer, so there will always be a bus ready and waiting for you.
When in Penrith, head to Aira Force Waterfall & Dalemain House
There are so many sights of natural beauty to be seen across Penrith, including vast green views of rolling hills, a series of untainted landscapes and England’s second largest lake.
However, it is encouraged you don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a mystical stroll through the ancient woodland that contains the Aira Force Waterfall. Take them deep into the forest where they’ll find the waterfall, with its stunning 65ft drop, but be sure not to get too close to the edge! To get there, take the 508 bus from Penrith Bus Station along Ullswater.
For another amazing sight, hop on the 508 bus and set your destination to the Grade 1 listed Dalemain House — a country house that boasts four centuries of architecture. The kids won’t run out of space to run around, as there’s an impressive five acres of celebrated gardens and historic parkland where you can enjoy an afternoon picnic. Or, if you want something a bit more authentic, then why not treat the family to a hearty home-made meal made especially in the Medieval Hall Tearoom.
When in Keswick, head to Dodd Wood & The Theatre by the Lake
You will find it difficult to run out of things to do when in Keswick, due to all of the spectacular scenery, theatre performances and museums that are just waiting to be explored.
One destination that you should especially take the time to visit is the immense Dodd Wood, which can be reached via either the 554 or 1050 bus from Keswick Bus Station. Get off at Mirehouse to explore the scenic trail and catch the sublime views over Bassenthwaite.
Due to the area being known for their return, you should be particularly on the lookout for ospreys while in Dodd Wood. On a clear day, the kids will enjoy exploring for hours in the great outdoors. Even the hills of Dumfries and Galloways can be spotted in the distance if you’re lucky enough on a clear day!
Looking for an occasion to sit back and relax? Then you will be pleased to hear that there’s performances suitable for all ages at the Theatre by the Lake — Cumbria’s only producing theatre. The kids will be mesmerised by the actors on stage, while you can put your feet up and enjoy the show. It’s only five minutes from the town centre too, so head down the next time you’re on your bus tour before you head back home.