a VirtualTourist member asked on Feb 1, 2016
I understand the main road into Keswick is washed out because of the recent flooding. I have reservations in Keswick for May 5 through May 8. How will I get around if the roads have been washed away?
Despite what you might have seen in the media the roads haven't *all* been washed away! :-) A short section of the A591 to Keswick remains closed because of landslip but there are other routes.
Repairs are obviously in hand and there's no way of knowing now what the situation will be in May. I doubt your trip will be much impacted. If a road is closed one simply takes a diversion, which may add some time and mileage but is rarely a massive problem.
This official link gives the up-to-date road closures for the area (and a map):
Check it nearer to your travel dates and you'll be able to see if you might need to take a diversion or two.
You will find information about the status of rights of way (footpaths etc) on this official page:
The A66 main road to access Keswick from the M6 motorway is open, if this is the route you intend to take. The difficulty arises reaching Keswick by taking the A591 from Ambleside. This road is closed due to flooding at Dunmail Raise, just after Grasmere, and is scheduled to be repaired in May. As it stands now, you will be fine leaving the M6 at J40, the Penrith exit, and turning west towards Keswick.
Enjoy The Lake District!
We are actually American tourists and will be arriving in Keswick by train. We will not have a car or taking any of the roads mentioned in the replies to my query. We aren't comfortable driving on the other side of the road. Will we have a problem with trains, or the bus from Penrith train station to Keswick? Any thoughts will be most appreciated.
I know this probably isn't very helpful but "We aren't comfortable driving on the other side of the road." made me smile. A lot of the roads in the Lake District are not even wide enough to have two sides.
Organised tours are not everyone's idea of fun but the guys at [original link] have excellent local knowledge and will be far better informed about road closures and the logistics of getting around than almost anyone.
I also don't like driving on the other side of the road, at least not when I'm alone in the car without anyone telling me to keep left, so I did a tour with the Mountain Goats mentioned above. I can highly recommend them. We were in a minivan ( I can't imagine any bus on these narrow streets), had an excellent driver and guide and I had so much more from this tour than if I had dared to drive myself.
I drive a large tour bus with 55 seats. The roads are a challenge and my tour bus does not always fit. The Mountain Goat guys are amazing. I don't work for them but I sometimes work with them. They take people to places that I can't get a 40 ft coach to. I'm glad you had a great experience with them Christine. I've not used them as a customer but they are an absolute joy to work with and alongside. All of my clients who have used Mountain Goat to get to places a large bus can't get to have always come back with outstanding reviews.
You won't have a problem taking the train and bus from Penrith to Keswick in May:
Check out the Keswick Tourist Information office for organised trips during your stay dates:
Just to underline:
> Will we have a problem with trains, or the bus from Penrith train station to Keswick?
People live in the Lake District andmany use public transport to get around. The vast majority of public transport in the UK is organised for residents rather than for visitors. If necessary, public transport routes are changed to deal with roadworks etc etc...but they don't cease to exist.
It'll be fine. :-)
Hi [VT member 19d661], as the others have said, there is only one road that should have any impact on your plans and that’s the A591 which is the road that runs between Keswick and Grasmere. They are estimating that it will re-open the last week of May, I would say it’s unlikely that it will be open when you are there (we are there from the 7th-17th May and are planning around it being closed.) There is a shuttle bus from Keswick to Grasmere which is allowed use the works access road, so you can still get to Grasmere. From Grasmere, you should be able to get a bus to Ambleside or Bowness-On-Windermere I would imagine (we drive around so I am not sure of public transport routes) Your journey from Penrith to Keswick will not be affected and with such a short visit, there is more than enough to keep you occupied around Keswick and Grasmere, although I do recommend you visit Ullswater and drive over the Kirkstone Pass, that’s a beautiful drive and Mountain Goat do a tour