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NB The temporary Saturday service is withdrawn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.


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.