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Volunteer run community bus services in the Western Yorkshire Dales


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Last updated:12th August 2022

Fare Increases

Increased maintenance and fuel costs for our buses means that for the first time for many years, we are increasing our fares. From 22 August 2022, our single cash fares will increase by about 10%. Some journeys will be rounded up or down, and a few will be brought into line with those for similar distances. Adult and child return fares will stay capped at £10 and £7.
Anyone travelling on a concessionary card will not be affected by this change and will still travel for free.

Appeal for volunteer company secretary

Our current company secretary is retiring after 10 years of service. We are looking for a replacement. Please click here for details and here to contact us about the role.

Rover Tickets

It is now possible to buy daily rover tickets for use on all our midweek services. Please click here for details or here to see our fares/tickets page.


We rely on charity funding to keep our services running. It is now possible to make donations using "contactless card" when getting on the bus.

Also Western Dales Community Bus Service is now registered with @easyuk, so over 6,000 sites will now donate to us for FREE every time you use @easyuk to shop with them. Please sign up to support us. It doesn’t take long, visit:


Face Masks

It is no longer compulsory to wear face masks on our buses although we do encourage their continued use, there is still a lot of Covid 19 out there. PLease click here to view our revised conditions of carriage.

Volunteers needed

We always welcome new volunteers to help run our business from drivers to admin. We currently have a need for new directors to drive our business forward, please click here for more details.
If you can help in any way please get in touch via our Contact Us page.

What we do:

We run two 16-seat minibuses on timetabled services in the western Yorkshire Dales linking Kendal,Sedbergh,Kirkby Stephen,Brough, Penrith,Dent and Hawes.

The buses have been purchased with grants from the Big Lottery Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation, as well as from The Yorkshire Dales National Park Millennium Fund and the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line.

Concessionary bus passes are accepted on all routes. Many buses connect with trains on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line at Dent Station and Kirkby Stephen. This provides access to and from Dent, Sedbergh, the Howgills, Kendal and Kirkby Stephen and gives local residents and visitors the opportunity to visit Kendal, Carlisle, Appleby, Settle, Skipton, Leeds and more.

Why not come and enjoy a walk in our stunning landscape, lots of footpaths from gentle to strenuous? Alternatively, explore our distinctive villages and market towns such as Dent, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.

See our TIMETABLES page for details.

We also offer a Private Hire service for registered charities and community groups.

We are a community venture run almost entirely by volunteers and as such rely on charitable funding as well as fares to meet our expenses. If you can possible help financially please visit our donations page

Mission Statement....

to provide a safe, reliable and courteous local bus run by volunteers, serving those rural and urban communities centred on Sedbergh and not served by the commercial bus companies.