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New Dambuster Shuttle service for visitors to the Derwent dams in recognistion of the Dambusters 617 squadron

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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The Dambuster Shuttle.

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Visitors to the famous Derwent dams should notice something extra special about the shuttle bus this summer.

The "Dambuster" Shuttle – service 222 – has been officially named and liveried to respect the area’s connection with Second Word War flying history.

The name refers to the famous Dambusters of 617 squadron who practiced low-flying over the dams of the Upper Derwent Valley in preparation for their daring raid on German dams.

Geoff Nickolds, deputy chair of the Peak District National Park Authority said: “The Upper Derwent bus has run in some form or other for the past 30 years, but it has never been given an imaginative name and livery before.

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“The RAF and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have kindly allowed us to use the Dambuster name which we hope will make the bus even more appealing and become something of an attraction in itself.”

The Dambuster Shuttle is a "hail and ride" service and runs every 50 minutes between the Fairholmes Visitor Centre at Ladybower Reservoir and King's Tree at the head of the valley. People can also hop on or off at Fearfall Wood.

Geoff Nickolds added: “Taking the bus is a great way to see the beautiful Upper Derwent Valley, and many people ride up and walk back, or vice versa, as walking from Fairholmes to the north of the valley is quite a strenuous undertaking!”

In July and August the shuttle operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, when the road from Fairholmes to King's Tree is closed to general traffic to help visitors enjoy a tranquil, traffic-free experience.

For those who want a completely car-free journey, the first and last buses of the day call at Bamford Station at 8.45am and 5.50pm.

Having enjoyed the Dambuster bus people can swap to two wheels and experience the valley’s off-road and traffic-free cycle trails by hiring a bike from Fairholmes cycle hire centre.

The Dambuster Shuttle service 222 is provided by the Peak District National Park Authority and Severn Trent Water to ease traffic congestion at this popular tourist spot. The operator is Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport.

Single fares are £2 for adults, £1 for children, with a 2 for 1 deal available from Fairholmes Visitor Centre for those who buy a £4.70 all day parking ticket at Fairholmes car park.

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