Time to celebrate with cheaper bus travel to the national park

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Monday 7 December 2009

07 December 2009

Time to celebrate with cheaper bus travel to the national park

Two for the price of one bus tickets are being offered from Sheffield to the Peak District to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created UK national parks.

The Peak District National Park Authority and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have teamed up to offer the Peak Explorer bus tickets from Sheffield to the Peak District National Park between Monday 14 December and Sunday 20 December.

The special promotion allows two people to travel to and from the Peak District for just £8.80 on eight bus routes from the city to places such as Bakewell, Buxton, Baslow, Castleton, Holmfirth and Matlock.

Tickets will be sold for a nominated date, and the return journey must be made on the same day.

They can be bought in advance from:

  • Sheffield Transport Interchange
  • Arundel Gate Interchange
  • Cambridge Street Travel Information Centre
  • Meadowhall Interchange and
  • Hillsborough Interchange.

The offer is timed to cover the week 60 years ago when Parliament passed the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, which created National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and National Trails.

Councillor Trevor Bagshaw, vice chair of the Peak District National Park Authority and representative for Sheffield City Council on the authority, said: “The national parks legislation happened as a result of the right to roam movement, which had at its heart a desire to allow people from city areas to enjoy the beautiful countryside on their doorstep.

“We thought it would be an appropriate way to celebrate the anniversary by offering people in Sheffield the opportunity to come out to the national park by bus at half the normal cost.

“I hope people will take the opportunity to see the national park without needing to take their cars.”

Among the attractions for visitors during the week will be two events at Castleton Visitor Centre on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December. The family craft days will include sessions for children to make Christmas cards and their own wild bird food.

Bus services included in the offer are:

Monday to Saturday service only:

  • 214/5 Sheffield-Baslow-Chatsworth House-Matlock (TM Travel) - this service calls at Chatsworth House.  Or visit Beeley or Rowsley where there is Caudwell’s Mill (a working 19th century mill, shop and tearoom) and a ‘shopping village’.

Daily service:

  • 65 Sheffield-Buxton (TM Travel) - you could go for a walk from Fox House or Millers Dale.  Or explore an historic village as this service stops at Grindleford, Calver, Stoney Middleton, Eyam, Foolow, Great Hucklow, Tideswell and Litton.
  • 218 Sheffield-Bakewell-Buxton (TM Travel) - this service goes through Ashford in the Water and Taddington, both pleasant places to walk around or out to the countryside.
  • 240 Sheffield-Baslow-Bakewell (TM Travel) - useful for walks starting at the Fox House, Grindleford and Calver or for a day trip to Bakewell.
  • 241/2 Sheffield-Castleton-Bakewell via Ladybower (TM Travel) - you could use this service when going for walk in the Ladybower, Yorkshire Bridge and Bamford area.  Win Hill can be challenging but the views make it worth it!
  • 272 Sheffield-Castleton (First South Yorkshire/TM Travel/Hulleys) - this service stops at Fox House, Hathersage, Bamford and Hope as well so there are lots of opportunities for shopping, eating/drinking and walking.

Sunday only:

  • 57A  Sheffield-Holmfirth via Flouch (Stagecoach) - use this service to go for a Sunday walk at Langsett reservoir or along the Longdendale Trail.  Visit Holmfirth, Last of the Summer Wine country.
  • 181 Sheffield-Holmesfield-Bakewell-Hartington (TM Travel) - this service calls at Baslow offering a walk to Chatsworth and also goes to the pretty village of Youlgreave with walks in Bradford Dale and Lathkill Dale.

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