Volunteer run community bus services in the Western Yorkshire Dales
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Last updated:12th August 2022
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.