The Lake District National Park Authority is working with partners to launch two low-cost shuttle buses for summer. The Buttermere bus will run from tomorrow (Saturday 13 May) to help promote a more sustainable way to get around the Lakes. The Wasdale service starts from June.
Emma Moody, the Lake District National Park Authority’s Lead Strategy Adviser for recreation and sustainable transport said:
“These buses have been very popular over the past couple of years, so we are delighted, with the help of our partners, to be able to bring them back for the 2023 season.
“Both Buttermere and Wasdale valleys can get very busy with traffic during peak times so this is an ideal solution to ensure that people really can make the most out of their day.
“We’ve received great feedback about how it makes the journey much more enjoyable and allows people to sit back and really take in the fantastic scenery while they are travelling.
“We will be also promoting a range of sustainable travel options throughout the summer season including cycling, walking, sailing and using public transport to that even if visitors arrive at the Lake District by car, they can leave the car behind and get around the park in different ways."
Cllr Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s Portfolio holder for Vibrant and Healthy Place added:
“The shuttle buses are a chance to sit back relax and connect with your stunning surroundings. Developing sustainable travel habits should not be demanding on our visitors or residents. We are making it as easy possible and part of the experience when visiting. The initiative supports our local communities and keeps the Lakes safer reducing traffic to allow our emergency services access at busy times.”
This will run from Cockermouth Main Street to Buttermere via Lorton every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 13 May to 28 August.
There will be a small charge for this service. Adults will be £2 per single journey, under 21s will be £1. Concessionary pass holders can travel free, and the service is included in the Stagecoach North West Explorer and Keswick and Honister Day Rider.
This will run from Ravenglass station to Wasdale Head then shuttle between the pop-up car park in Nether Wasdale and Wasdale Head, offering a park and ride service. It will run on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays throughout June, July and August.
Again, there is a small charge for this - £2 adults, £1 for under 21s, and free for concessionary pass holders and under-fives.