Cumbria buses 2015 advice please

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  1. philjo

    philjo Established Member

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    I was trying to find the timetable for the x33 Ambleside-Ravenglass bus as I was intending to use this service next month but I can't find anything on the Cumbria bus timetables list.
    Is this bus still running for 2015?
    Alternatively does anyone know how much a prebooked taxi would cost one way from skelwith bridge to dalegarth station (for the Ravenglass railway) - I would return from Ravenglass via the coast line & Lancaster.

    also the 508 Windermere-Penrith bus - for early May the timetable only shows Patterdale-Penrith on weekdays. I was planning to use this from windermere station to Penrith on Tuesday 5 May. Is there a reason why it isn't shown as running to Windermere on those days?

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    X33 isn't running this year due to funding cuts/poor usage.

    The reason 508 only runs through to Windermere on weekends at the moment is due to it still being low season - there just aren't the passenger numbers in the week to make it worth running.

    If you're wanting to get from Windermere to Penrith without specifically going via Patterdale, then the 555 to Keswick and a change to X4/X5 there will have the same result.
     
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    That's the more reliable way.

    However, a more quirky route is to get the 555 into Kendal and then get one of the very rare 106 journeys to Penrith. Did it once (c.2006) - very good route and a change to travel via the Pennine uplands rather than lakeland routes.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. It looks like a major rethink for my plans then.
    I will be staying at skelwith Bridge so was going to use that morning x33 bus as the route passed the hotel. ( the first 516 alternative to Ambleside is at 10:21)

    I was intending to use the Penrith bus on the Tuesday to catch a train for Penrith as it falls in the gap where there are no connections at Oxenholme to go north that then connect at Carlisle for the coast.
    I wouldn't call it particularly low season though as it is the day after the Bank holiday weekend.

    Looks like a taxi to Coniston for the 09:30 x12 bus to Ulverston & then train. or bus via Keswick/workington if I can get a lift into Ambleside. The intention is to to do some of the coast line & end up at Lancaster or Carlisle late afternoon for VT back to Euston.
     
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    The 106 is now very rare: one journey each way on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday only, with the Kendal departure being at 0910.
     
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    It was pretty infrequent in 2006; I'd noticed it's now up there with Snow Leopards and Kakapos! Doubtless part of Cumbria CC cuts?

    Think I got the afternoon run on a Saturday about 4pm?
     
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