Free bus service from local Park and Ride to Lyme
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the park and ride service has been suspended. Please follow the link below for the most up to date information on visiting Lyme.
Following the success of last year, we’re delighted to offer our visitors a free bus service between the Park and Ride at Hazel Grove and Lyme, on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This service eases the pressure on our car park, reduces the impact of busy days on local residents, and reduces the amount of vehicle emissions in the estate.
A bit more information about the bus service
The Park and Ride is located on Macclesfield Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 6AE, near the Rising Sun pub, approximately 4 miles from Lyme. The 192 bus service connects it to Stockport and Manchester, and Hazel Grove railway station is 12 minutes walk away.
There are 400 parking spaces at the park and ride, with 24 accessible spaces, room for 40 bicycles and electric charging points. There is a covered waiting area, toilets and a staffed office.
There is space for one wheelchair on the bus; pushchair storage is limited but collapsible ones can be stored under the seats.
When you arrive at Lyme, you will be dropped off at the Information Centre by the main car park. From there you can grab a lift in the free shuttle buggy or minibus to get around Lyme.
While the bus is free to use, it costs a lot of money for Lyme for to run so donations are always welcome.
* Please note this service doesn't run Boxing Day and New Year's Day*
Times below may occasionally be delayed due to heavy traffic or roadworks.
Hazel Grove to Lyme:
10am; 11am; 12 noon; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm; 4pm
Lyme to Hazel Grove:
10:30am; 11:30am; 12:30pm; 1:30pm; 2:30pm; 3:30pm; 4:30pm; 5:30pm
Frequently asked questions
Can dogs travel on the bus?
Dogs are allowed on the bus at the discretion of the driver, and assistance dogs are always welcome. You can find more details on the Stagecoach website.
Can you take buggies/pushchairs on the bus?
There is limited space on the bus for storing buggies, so collapsible ones may need to be folded for the journey.
Can wheelchair users travel on the bus?
There is a designated wheelchair space on the bus.
Does the bus stop anywhere else/stop on the way?
The bus can only run between Hazel Grove Park & Ride and Lyme.
Why does the bus only go to these places/why doesn’t the bus make stops along the way?
This bus is a private contracted bus, not a public service, so it is not allowed to stop at any places except for the Park & Ride and Lyme. (On Saturday 21 September 2019 only, as part of Heritage Open Day, there have a special extra service from Stockport Bus Station.)
If you are looking to travel to Lyme via bus from other places, the 199 service stops right by the entrance to the park. You can find times and details on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
Why does the bus only run Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays?
Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays are generally our busiest days at Lyme, and this puts a lot of pressure on our own car park spaces, as well as traffic around the park. Enabling people to park in Hazel Grove for free and travel straight to Lyme reduces some of that pressure.
More about busy days at Lyme here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme/features/busy-days-at-lyme
Why are you asking for donations towards the bus?
We’re very glad to be able to continue running the free bus in 2019, so that visitors from Stockport and beyond can enjoy trips to Lyme. However, this service costs Lyme over £16,000 a year at present. Any donations made towards the bus fund will help us to continue to run the bus in the future.