Please note that all Western Dales bus services have been suspended due to the new Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions. Please check here for news of when it will start operating.
Cumbria Classic Coaches have announced that they are ending their Tuesday bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith at Christmas. However, the good news is that the Western Dales community group have applied to take on the service, starting in 2021. Please see details sent by them below. The key points for Warcop residents is that the new service starting in January, will run three times on a Tuesday, it will be a minibus service so numbers might be restricted, and the bus will pick up in the middle of Warcop at the bus shelter. The 563 Appleby to Penrith Stagecoach service continues Monday to Friday, with the Friday Rural Wheels minibus linking with the 10:03 am bus at The Sands in Appleby.
A copy of the timetable is available here:
Further to earlier correspondence about the forthcoming withdrawal of the Cumbria Classic Coaches Tuesday service 574 from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith, I am pleased to be able to inform you that two operators have come forward to offer replacement services
Kirkby Stephen – Brough – Penrith (Tuesday only)
The Western Dales community group from the Sedbergh area will introduce a service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith starting Tuesday 5th January (subject to approval of this start date by the Traffic Commissioners Office)
Ø To avoid competition with, and abstraction of passengers from, the existing Stagecoach 563, and also as the vehicles used have only 16 seater (currently further restricted due to Social Distancing guidelines), the service will not pick up at points from Appleby Sands to Penrith, or drop passengers in this section on return trips.
Ø As before, the service will run on Tuesdays
Ø There will be three trips a day in each direction, with the first and last also running to/from Sedbergh (see attached timetable)
Ø As a smaller vehicle is used, it will be able to get under the Warcop rail bridge and serve the centre of the village (Sandford will not currently be served but this may be possible in the future)
(Appleby) – Long Marton – Penrith
Stagecoach will additionally divert their first trip on the Service 563 towards Penrith and the last trip from Penrith via Long Marton
Ø This will start (subject to approval from the Traffic Commissioner) on 4th January
Ø This diversion with be made Monday to Friday
Ø Brampton village will also be served
Ø In response to customer requests the service will now additionally serve Scattergate in Appleby
Ø Due to the new routing Crackenthorpe will not be served on the journeys that run via Long Marton. The later journeys to Penrith will run via Crackenthorpe and anyone returning there from Penrith can travel via Appleby.
Details will appear on our website from Monday next week