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X4/X5 bus between Penrith and Workington

Connecting the East and West Lakes

Travelling to the Lakes by train? The X4/X5 Stagecoach gold bus route is just the ticket to start your holiday in the North Lakes.

With frequent connecting services from mainline Penrith Station operating 7 days a week throughout the summer (even Bank holidays).

This popular bus route also connects with many tourist attractions in the region, including Rheged, The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite Village, and Cockermouth.

Start your weekend early! Arrive by train in Penrith, catch the last bus, check in to your accommodation and sink some real ale before last orders is called...   please drink responsibly.


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Cockermouth 23 mins by bus  A vibrant market town, steeped in history, with many antique shops and galleries. Positioned on the River Cocker, it is the birthplace of Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian. 
 Keswick  56 mins by bus  Head to Keswick for stunning lake views and awe-inspiring vistas. Grab an explorer and hop on and off with ease all day! 
Penrith  every 60 mins  Hop off at the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, for activities and events to suit the whole family  including indoor softplay, artisan cafes and a huge 3D cinema screen. Head into Penrith itself for specialist shops, high street  favourites and arcades. You’ll find a lively farmers’ market each month, with fresh local  produce and tasty delicacies.  

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40 mins by bus  In the town you’ll discover unique  local shops, galleries and tempting cafes and restaurants.  For panoramic views, take a stroll along Friar’s Crag before catching a performance at the Theatre by the Lake.
Cockermouth  every 60 mins 
Hop off at The Lake District  Wildlife Park and take a walk on the wild side with anything from alpacas to zebras.  Or if you fancy a tipple, pop round the corner to The Lakes Distillery and sample some of their award  winning products (over 18s only).  
Workington  every 60 mins For a fascinating day of industrial history, head to the Western Lakes and explore the museums. Visit the Helena Thompson Museum, a gem of a museum housing the social and industrial history of the area.