New bus route to include Victorian castle on shores of Windermere

The Westmorland Gazette: Rosemary Lord (National Trust), Emma Moody (GoLakes Travel), Bryan McFarland (Stagecoach), Peter Nattress (Mountain Goat) and Ian Wilkinson (Windermere Lake Cruises) celebrating the launch of the new bus route to Wray Castle. Rosemary Lord (National Trust), Emma Moody (GoLakes Travel), Bryan McFarland (Stagecoach), Peter Nattress (Mountain Goat) and Ian Wilkinson (Windermere Lake Cruises) celebrating the launch of the new bus route to Wray Castle.

VISITORS to Wray Castle can now get to the gothic-style mansion by bus - following the launch of a new route.

The new bus loop, between the castle on the western shores of Windermere and Hawkshead, is part of the Cross Lakes Experience.

The Cross Lakes Experience brings together the Mountain Goat, Stagecoach, Windermere Lake Cruises, Coniston Gondola and the Coniston Launch to provide a range of flexible one-day tickets to some of the Lakes’ most popular destinations.

The new route, supported by the GoLakes Travel Programme, will also include the Low Wray Campsite, allowing campers to travel throughout the Lakes car-free.

Emma Moody, from the GoLakes Travel Programme, said, “This newly extended service is a great example of different transport providers working together on integrated ticketing.

“Passengers only need to buy one ticket, which means less stress, quicker connections and no hidden costs. Plus, they now have direct access to Wray Castle without the need for a car, giving families another great option for a fun-packed day out”.

John Moffat, General Manager for the National Trust in the South Lakes, which includes Wray Castle, said it is also good news for the environment.

“Visitors can now hop on a new bus service from Hawkshead, enjoy a lakeside walk or cycle and then sail home.

“Not only does it make a great day out, it also helps to keep the Lake District a special place, by reducing the traffic on our roads,” he said.

For timetables and fares, visit: www.golakestravel.co.uk/crosslakes

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