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Volunteer run community bus services in the Western Yorkshire Dales


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Last updated: 30 December 2020

Suspension of services from 31/12/2020:

Cumbria is moving to Tier 4 of Covid restrictions from tomorrow morning, which means the government is instructing everyone to stay at home and cut out all non-essential travel. In addition, all non-essential shops will be closed.

As a result, the directors have decided that we should suspend all our services from tomorrow in order to do all that we can to reduce the spread of the Covid infection. 

Although the government is planning to review the tiers in two weeks' time, it seems likely that we will remain in Tier 4 for at least the whole of January. Nevertheless, we will keep the situation under review and if we can start running the services again sooner than that we will do so.

Western Dales Bus Christmas arrangements:
No service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day

Resumption of services from 3/12/20

We will be resuming the following services from Thursday, December 3rd:

S5 (Thursdays): Sedbergh – Kirkby Stephen – Kendal

S4 (Fridays): Dent – Sedbergh – Kirkby Stephen –Brough

S1 (Saturdays): Dent Station – Dent – Sedbergh – Kendal

The S3 Tuesday service from Sedbergh to Hawes remains suspended, but will be reviewed in the Spring.

Suspension of services from 2/11/20

Following the government’s announcement of a lockdown to restrict the spread of COVID-19 infections, and its requirement to avoid unnecessary travel, we will be suspending all Western Dales bus services for a four week period from Thursday 5th November until Thursday December 3rd, when the situation will be reviewed.

Limited bus capacity

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, we are restricted to a maximum of 6 passengers at any one time on all services.

Full S1 Saturday service reinstated

Following changes to the rail timetable, we have reinstated our full Saturday S1 service effective September 19th.


Following the resumption of services there are changes to the way we accept payments, available methods are:

  1. Concessionary bus pass.
  2. Contactless debit/credit card
  3. Cash (no change given so have exact fare ready).

COVID-19: Resumption of Services

These Western Dales Bus services will be restarting from Saturday 8th August 2020 
• S1 from Dent and Sedbergh to Kendal
• S5 from Kirkby Stephen to Kendal
• S4 from Dent and Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen and Brough

S1, S4 and S5 have now restarted in full, but Tuesday’s S3 from Sedbergh and Dent to Hawes will not be starting yet.

We will not be taking private hire bookings until the situation changes.

To keep everyone safe:
1. The whole bus will be sanitised daily and touch points will be regularly disinfected.
2. There will be fewer passengers on the bus, so to maintain social distancing, passengers must only use the seats that are available.
3. Windows and roof vents will be kept open to allow frequent air changes.
4. Passengers must wear a face covering on the bus, unless exempt, and must not travel at all if unwell.
5. We won’t be giving change, so passengers wanting to buy a ticket must have the exact amount or use contactless.




What we do:

We run two 16-seat minibuses on timetabled services in the western Yorkshire Dales linking Kendal,Sedbergh,Kirkby Stephen,Brough,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 entirely by volunteers.

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.