The Mam Tor bus stop

Published 16 December 2018

The bus stop at Mam Tor
The bus stop at Mam Tor. Just don’t wait for a bus here – there hasn’t been one for years.

There can’t be that many major fells that have their own bus stop near the top. Yes, Snowdon has a railway station at its summit. But in most cases you need to get to the top of a major hill under your own steam.

Not so at Mam Tor in the Peak District. Mam Tor has a road going over it, and whilst it doesn’t cross over the highest point of this 517m high hill, it gets close.

And it has its own bus stop too.

You’d be advised not to bother waiting at it though. The last time a regular bus service called at this stop was in 2011. The 260 bus used to serve it, running between Edale and Castleton on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Funded by the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council, it ran for several years to support locals and walkers. But that all came to an end at the start of the era of austerity. In July 2011 the last 260 ran. And Mam Tor’s bus stop has been standing there, unused, ever since.

Maybe, one day, a bus will run again. But in an era where council budgets have been cut to the bone – and beyond – by reductions in government funding, don’t expect that to happen any time soon. For now you’ll need to walk.

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