We suggest arriving in Penrith around lunchtime: the 09:30 from London Euston gets to Penrith at 12:29. You can then take a look around the ruins of Penrith Castle opposite the railway station, or have lunch at Café Oswald’s in Cranstons, an award winning speciality food store and butchers, about 500m down the road right out of the station (pick up some Cumberland sausage while you’re there). Then take the 13:21 X5 bus, arriving in Keswick at 14:02. The bus stop is directly in front of Booths, an excellent local supermarket specialising in locally sourced produce. They also sell maps and guide books. If you haven’t ordered a grocery delivery to your cottage, you can do your food run for the weekend here and have a coffee in the cafe.
Then take the 15:30 77A, asking to be dropped off at Manesty Holiday Cottages. The bus takes a spectacular route above Derwentwater: for the best views, sit on the left!
This will get you to Manesty at about 15:45. Settle in, then get your bearings by walking to the lake through Saltwell Park and back via Manesty Woods (orange walk number 8 in our ‘Walks from the Door’). Top tip: for the best views, don’t stick to the main path, but take the little paths that follow the shoreline.
Alternatively, if you’re working on Friday, take the 16:57 or the 18:30 train from Euston, arriving in Penrith 20:09 or 21:33. Connect with the 20:21 X4 or the 21:41 X5 bus to Keswick, where you can pick up a taxi for the last 5 miles to Manesty.
For dinner, consider picking up one of Booths’ locally sourced meals.