Community Minibus Restarts – Friday 10th July 2020

Please note that the Community Wheels Friday minibus service will restart on Friday the 10th July. Covid-19 precautions will be in place on board which means that places will be limited at first.

The service runs from Appleby, Great Asby, Ormside, then to Warcop and Sandford before returning to Appleby to connect with the 10:00 563 Stagecoach bus to Penrith. The other route covers Appleby, Dufton, Silverband, Milburn, Long Marton and back to Appleby.

You need to sign up to join the scheme and obtain a pre-payment card. Details of routes and times are on the posters at the Warcop and Sandford bus stops, or phone 01228 226428 to join the scheme.



Local Transport Update


Update 31 May 2020



563 Appleby to Penrith (Mon – Fri) service

From Mon 1 June, the normal timetable will operate

ie departures from Appleby at 9.50, 11.25, 14.25

(and departures from Penrith at 9.15, 10.50, 13.30)

NB The temporary Saturday service is withdrawn

574 Kirkby Stephen to Appleby to Penrith (Tues) service

9.45 from Kirkby Stephen

From Tuesday 16 June, the departure time from Penrith will be at the normal time of 14.30

571 Brough to Kirkby Stephen to Kendal (Mon) service

9.35 from Brough

From Monday 15 June, the departure time from Kendal will be at the normal time of 15.00

570 Ravenstonedale to Kendal (Thurs) service

10.07 from Ravenstonedale

From Thursday 18 June, the departure time from Kendal will be at the normal time of 15.00

Please note that bus operators are implementing various measures including social distancing and enhanced cleaning on buses, in line with Government guidance

For more details of timetables, go to


506 Appleby to Kendal via Penrith (Mon – Fri) service – still suspended

502 Brough to Kirkby Stephen to Kendal (Mon – Fri) service – still suspended

572 Ravenstonedale to Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle (Wed) service

Cumbria Classic Coaches say planning to start service on Wed 1 July

S4 Brough to Kirkby Stephen (Fri) service

S5 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen to Kendal (Thurs) service

No information on any changes to current suspensions of S4 and S5 services


Community Transport ie Community Wheels, Rural Wheels, Voluntary Social Car scheme – if you need transport, contact Cumbria County Council on 0333 240 69 65 (option 5 charged at the local rate) or send an email to


LEEDS – CARLISLE rail service 

Current reduced timetable due to Coronavirus outbreak is dated 18 May. As with bus services, please be aware that the timetable may change again due to Government guidance. Go to  for information.


A66 Preferred Route Announcement – May 23rd 2020

The government has now published its Preferred Route for the dualling of the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.  The link to the website with the full brochure is below. You will notice that there are no changes to the Appleby-Brough section. However, a number of people have questioned the fact that we have only been offered one option and Highways England have been contacted asking them to re-consider a northerly route which goes across MOD land and also A.O.N.B. land. We believe that the published route is too close to Warcop and the junction into Warcop will include a 30′ high bridge and a slip road over the army playing field to achieve east and west access to the new road. This will increase noise and pollution levels. The Sandford junction is west only thus increasing traffic through Warcop for drivers wanting to go east.

Our proposals suggest a fully northern route behind all houses with east-west junctions at Sandford road end and at Brough. The old A66 road would be used to join the new dual-carriageway, and would avoid a big junction at Warcop and keep the army playing field intact. It can then be used for local traffic and cyclists.











Here is an extract from Highways England:

The selection of the preferred route follows an exhaustive review of options over several years. We have taken into consideration ecological, environmental and historical features as well as our analysis of responses to the public consultation which took place between May and July 2019.

Our aim is to increase safety, reduce congestion and improve journey times by dualling the remaining single carriageway sections along the A66 between M6 junction 40 at Penrith and the A1(M) at Scotch Corner. Other improvements are also proposed along its length, such as at Kemplay Bank roundabout and the junctions with the M6 and A1(M).

You can find out more about our decision in the Preferred Route Announcement brochure, which is available from along with our Options Consultation Report.

Next Steps

We will now develop the preferred route design ahead of a future public consultation. This will offer you and other interested parties more opportunities to provide your views on more detailed designs before we apply for a Development Consent Order which provides the necessary planning approvals to enable us to start construction on the project.


If you have views on this route or our suggested northern option, please contact Highways England on this email address: 



Garden Waste Skip Scheme

After an initial suspension of the scheme because of the Covid-19 pandemic, EDC has now restored the garden waste skip scheme for villages. We receive 7 skips per year and the first one is already in place by Crook’s Beck in Warcop.

Many other parts of Eden have kerbside green wheelie bin collections. We have over 200 households in our parish and this would be a preferable scheme for us in the future as it would be easier for the elderly or those who can’t drive.

This is what the skip looked like in June 2018 after about two days!

David Keetley

Road Closure – Bleatarn April 20th 3 days

Please be aware of a road closure by Cumbria Highways at Bleatarn scheduled for 20th April for 3 days. The site location map with diversions is available via this link:
Location Plan – Ravelands Brow, Bleatarn (1)
Good Morning
Please find attached location plan detailing the extents of a temporary road closure which has been put in place to allow Morrison Utility Services to carry out utility works
These works are due to commence 20th April 2020 and have an approx. duration of 3 days.
Location: A section of C3070 Ravelands Brow, Bleatarn, near Appleby from a point approx. 400 metres east of its junction with the U3301, extending in a north easterly direction for approx. 160m.
Alternative Route: via the unrestricted section of C3070, B6259 Warcop, C3076 Little Musgrave, C3069 and U3301.
If you have any queries relating to these works please do not hesitate to contact me.
Many Thanks
Joanne Wall
Assistant Traffic Management Technician | Highways Assets and Strategy | Highways and Transport
Economy and Infrastructure Directorate | Cumbria County Council
Parkhouse Building | Kingmoor Business Park | Carlisle | CA6 4SJ

Location Plan – Ravelands Brow, Bleatarn (1)



Warcop Parish Council, Sandford & Warcop WI and the two churches are working together to offer help and support for any local resident who is vulnerable or in self-isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Leaflets with contact numbers will be distributed to all households so that anyone who needs help with shopping, prescriptions, emergencies or just general support and reassurance can phone someone and obtain the help they need.

Parish Council coronavirus leaflet

David Keetley on behalf of Warcop Parish Council

4th Defibrillator for the Parish

The Parish Council recently decided to use some of its funds to purchase a fourth defibrillator to extend coverage in Warcop in case of emergencies. It will be located in the old BT phone box, which we have been discussing what to do with for some time. We hope to run some defib training at the Parish Hall in the near future for local residents who would like to know how to use the defibs.

We now have defibs in Bleatarn, Sandford and Warcop (2.)

Community Wheels Friday Minibus Link Service Extended from Friday 4th October

Our weekly Friday minibus service to Appleby has been extended to include more local communities from Friday 4th October. The aim is to cover areas previously included by the former Robinsons service, so elsewhere the bus will go out to several fellside villages as well as parts of Appleby to allow residents to get into Appleby for a couple of hours.

The timings are slightly different but the connection to the 563 Stagecoach bus to Penrith at 09:58 will continue, as will the collection on its return at 2:20 from The Sands in Appleby. The price will be the same but travellers will need to obtain a prepayment card from the Heritage Centre in Appleby to cover the cashless payment for each journey.

The Sandford/Warcop service will now include Great Asby and Ormside but the bus will only operate if travellers phone or email the Heritage Centre by Thursday at the latest on 017683 53350.

The scheme operates by means of a team of volunteer drivers and we are always looking to increase this team to share the driving load.

A poster and application form can be found via this link:

Village Wheels Appleby Poster – Warcop

Cumbria County Council
Serving the people of Cumbria

Friday Single fare to Appleby
Appleby 08:55      12:00
Asby 09:05            12:10           £1.50
Ormside 09:15      12:20          £1.00
Warcop 09:30       12:35          £1.50
Sandford 09:40    12:45          £1.25
Appleby 09:50      12:55

Return: 12:00       14:25

Community Wheels to Appleby – Effective from 4 October 2019


How to travel
Phone 017683 53350 to join the scheme.
Journey requests to be requested via Appleby Heritage Centre by 12 noon the day before you travel.
Subject to demand on the day.

Meets the Stagecoach 563 to/from Penrith arriving Penrith 10:38 and returning from Penrith at 13:40

Want to become a Volunteer Minibus driver? Get in touch with Katy on 07788 396194 to find out more.


Warcop Parish Council Vacancy

We are very pleased to say that Katie Hauser from Warcop has applied to become our new Parish Councillor following John Heron stepping down. Her appointment will be confirmed at our September meeting and we are looking forward to working with her in our aim to improve our community as much as possible and to represent the views of residents across a range of issues.

However, we are sad to see thet Georgie Fell is stepping down as a councillor as she is expecting her first baby and is finding it hard to balance her work and home commitments. We thank her for all her excellent work and hope that she will return to the council at some point in the future.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Parish Councilor should contact me on 41390 or the Clerk, Heidi Strong, on 41102.

David Keetley