Exploring By Water And Wheel
Touring by Car: There’s lots to see and do and a day or so touring by car will reveal some truly magnificent sights such as the Borrowdale drive over the dramatic Honister Pass returning via Newlands Hawse. Further afield, the ascent over remote Hardknott and Wrynose, one of England’s highest and steepest roads, is breathtaking. The area is dotted with picturesque villages, historic sites and grand scenery.
Launches: You can enjoy the views from Derwentwater on the stately Edwardian launches which run around the lake, stopping at Brandlehow and Lodore, both just a mile from Manesty, as well as Keswick. There are also launches and steamboats on Conistonwater, Ullswater, and Windermere.
Bus Trips: ‘The most beautiful bus ride in England’, the Borrowdale Rambler (service 78), runs from Keswick to Seatoller at the the head of Borrowdale, with a stop at Grange, a 15 minute stroll from Manesty. Between April and October the aptly named Honister Rambler runs past Manesty on its round trip past Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter.
Railways: Railways were important to Cumbria’s development and today you can enjoy the 10 mile trip on the miniature Ravenglass-Eskdale railway, The Ratty, The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway at Windermere and the South Tyndale railway at Alston. The spectacular Carlisle-Settle railway is just justifiably famous for its engineering and scenery.