Fellrunner is a community bus service entirely run by volunteers that aims to ensure people from the villages can get into the towns and cities to access the essential medical, legal, banking and retail services that we all need. The service runs to a timetable. Every Wednesday a bus goes from Ainstable to Carlisle departing 1005 and giving passengers about four hours in Carlisle, returning to Ainstable just after 1500. The single fare is £4.20 but a return can be obtained for just £5.30. Senior citizens with NOW cards travel for free as do under 16s. Also on a Wednesday another bus goes to Penrith departing Ainstable at 1030 and giving passengers about three hours in Penrith before returning just before 1500. The single fare to Penrith is £4.40 and a return is £5.50. Again NOW card holders and under 16s travel for free. Everyone is welcome to use the service and using it helps ensure its continued availability for those who rely upon it. The bus will stop to pick you up anywhere on the main road through Ainstable as long as the driver considers it safe to stop there. Just give a clear signal to the driver. Passengers using mobility scooters or wheelchairs are also very welcome on Fellrunner services but please ring (07734 529432) a day in advance to ensure we send a bus that is adapted for these mobility aids and to check availability.
Fellrunner also organises a programme of excursions to interesting destinations across the north of England to give people a fun day out and to help raise funds for the bus service. Community groups can also hire the bus and a driver at competitive rates. Call Fellrunner on 07734 529432 for details of these services. Use your community bus service, it’s there for you.
Text provided by Fellrunner, 10th Oct 2021