Open top bus offers new way to explore Ullswater

A new open-top bus service is winding its way down the shores of Ullswater – sometimes dubbed as ‘England’s most beautiful lake’ – thanks to support from sustainable travel programme ‘See More: Cumbria and the Lake District’.

Running from Penrith railway and bus stations to Patterdale via Pooley Bridge, Aira Force and Glenridding, the new 508 Stagecoach service is running hourly until early evening throughout the school summer holidays and then every two hours until 1 November 2015.

The 508 stops right outside Penrith railway station, as well as the Ullswater Steamers pier at Pooley Bridge, Aira Force and Glenridding. Joint bus and boat tickets are also available to make the budget stretch that little bit further. The ‘Discover Ullswater’ ticket is a discounted bus and boat pass, if bought with a FirstTransPennine Express train ticket.

As well as taking in views over Ullswater from the top deck, there are an array of walking opportunities direct from the bus route. Passengers can head for Aira Force waterfall and then on to Glenridding via new pathways created by the National Trust; their café also makes the perfect refreshment stop.

Stagecoach’s new 508 service is being supported through ‘See More: Cumbria and the Lake District’, which is helping to enhance to the quality of visitor travel to the county’s international destinations.

See More Programme Manager, Nicola Parker, says, “Penrith and Ullswater is one of the four key areas in Cumbria where we are expanding a range of cleaner, greener travel initiatives. This new open top bus service, coupled with extra early evening cruises on Ullswater Steamers, offer people more chances than ever to leave the car at home and find new ways to explore an iconic Lakeland landscape.

Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire Managing Director, Nigel Winter said: “Ullswater is arguably the most picturesque of all the English lakes. Our service 508 provides connectivity with rail, bus and car for a great day out in Ullswater with all the family. What better way to see the lakes than by open top bus running at regular intervals as a scheduled bus service”.

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