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Mountain bikers to benefit from new Lake District bus services

Posted 12 July 2012
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Mountain bikers to benefit from new Lake District bus services
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Riders exploring the Lake District with Mountain Bikes will be able to do so more easily using public transport, after two new bus routes were introduced.

The Go Lakes Travel scheme has added two new services, one of which - the X30 - is designed to carry two mountain bikes on board, the Wstmorland Gazette reports.

It will run from Hawkshead to Tarn Hows and the Grizedale Forest, with the latter destination's newly established black route offering an exciting challenge for those on two wheels.

The £6.9 million scheme has also seen buses with bike spaces introduced on vehicles travelling from Windermere to Grasmere and Keswick.

In addition to this, the X33 has been introduced to link the central part of the national park with its western areas.

The route runs from Ambleside to Consiton and then south to Broughton in Furness and Duddon Bridge and then round to Muncaster Castkleand Rvaenglass, where ticket hoders can get discounts on the Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway.  

People using their walking boots rather than wheels to get around may enjoy this route, as the western end of the railway line is close to the start of the Eskdale route up Scafell Pike and Scafell, England's two highest mountains.

Both services will run from July 21st to September 9th.

Commenting on the new routes, sustainable transport adviser for the Lake District National Park Alistair Kirkbride said: "These new services are a continuation of the GoLakes Travel programme and are aimed at developing a more extensive public transport network around the central and south Lakes, encouraging visitors to leave their cars behind.

"The X33 in particular is a major boost, linking the Western Lakes and coast to the central Lakes for the first time."

Although most visitors arrive in the national park by car - with the M6 motorway making such access easy - there are many ways people can use public transport to get to and around the area.

Windermere itself is connected by rail to the national network, including the West Coast Mainline station of Oxenholme. Those stopping at Staveley can access Kentmere, while Windermere Station is served by a wide array of buses, not least routes directly to Keswick.

And Ravenglass can also be access via the Cumbria coastal line, while buses run to Keswick from Penrith station on the West Coast main line.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801405823-ADNFCR