By David Killick
Wasdale, a spectacular valley in the Western Lake District, has always been difficult if not impossible to reach by public transport. But – starting on 31 March 2012 – a new service will make it possible for walkers to reach the foot of Scafell Pike and Great Gable while leaving the car at home. Visitors will be able to use the West Cumbria coastal railway to get to Seascale, where a 16-seat minibus will connect with the trains and complete the journey up into the valley. In this first year of operation the service will be provided on Saturdays only. But it is hoped that if the venture proves popular the minibus will run more frequently in future years.
Anyone intending to use the service is strongly advised to book their seat on the minibus to avoid disappointment!
One advantage of using public transport is that linear walks become possible. One suggestion is that properly-equipped walkers could cross over the fell from Wasdale Head to Eskdale, and return to the main coastal line by means of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Car drivers would not be able to do that, of course.