Just thought I would mention this after our wonderful stay last week in Keswick.
I would avoid using Reays Lakes hopper buses if you can and stick to stage coach, we asked the driver of a Reays bus if we get a return to Grasmere could we use it on Stagecoach buses, yes he said ignore what it says on the timetable we accept theirs… Anyway the driver gave us a Reays bus time table which looked at first glance they have buses every hour, how wrong can you be. The timetable when looked at and read between the lines was one every 2-3 hours, so we ended up after paying £12 (ish) for two returns and waiting in Grasmere for over an 90 minutes in hope then paying an extra £14.60 for two single to Keswick, £27 for 12 mile return journey is day light robbery imho.
Anyway just a little rant but my advice would be to stick to Stagecoach but I really do not know how they manage to charge so much. Winderemere to Keswick, £16.80 for two singles on a journey of 25 miles, I did question it and the women in Windermere said “it is an hours journey”, I could get a bus from Leeds to London for less and spend 5 hours on the bus!!!
My apologies for the extended rant, no wonder the over 60’s in Cumbria on free passes are the main users of the buses, no one else can afford them.
Next time a week ticket but I think they cost something like £40 each so who knows, we will be in Ambleside in Sept so not as far.Edited: 10 June 2013, 14:42