Car sharing

Staveley Car Club

Staveley Car Club, established with support from SENS and run by Social Enterprise Co-wheels, operates in the village, along with cars in several other locations in the Lakes. The cars are available to use on a pay-as-you-drive basis.

Members can book the cars (internet, phone) for as little as half an hour – walk up, unlock with a smart card, drive, return, walk away – and get a bill at the end of the month. Car club cars are popular to replace occasionally used cars.


Car Sharing

Car sharing your journey to work or your weekly shopping trip is a great way to save money and help others to do so too. If you are interested in car sharing, or are happy to offer someone else in the village a lift, why not put a note on the village noticeboard.


Ace Private Hire 01539 733430
Airport Services 01539 724658
Atlas Taxis 01539 729991
Blue Star Taxis 01539 723670
Castle Taxis 01539 726233
K Cars 01539 731000
Theo’s Taxis Ltd 07747 055674
Abacus Taxis 01539 488285
B-Line Taxis 01539 444644
Bowness Taxis 015394 46664
Executive Chauffeured Cars 015394 88885
Lakes Taxis 015394 44055
Pegasus 01539 442806
Windermere Taxis 015394 42355

Rural Wheels

Rural Wheels is a unique transport scheme for people in rural areas. The service provides transport that will collect you from home and take you to your nearest town or the nearest public transport service.

The service can be used for a variety of purposes including:
β–ͺ Shopping
β–ͺ Visiting the hospital
β–ͺ Visiting friends
β–ͺ Visits to the doctor, dentist, optician, etc

Rural Wheels uses a ‘Smartcard’ to pay for travel and a central booking system to plan journeys. Passengers need to apply for the Smartcard before they are able to use the scheme. The Smartcard is used instead of handing over cash to the transport providers and the ‘value’ of the card can be topped up at local post offices, libraries, mobile libraries, and by the driver. Travel under the scheme needs to be booked 48 hours in advance by telephone so as to allow the most cost-effective use of the transport resources available. Users may be asked to share transport.

The Passenger Transport Development Officer for Cumbria County Council can provide you with more details of the scheme:

The Passenger Transport Development Officer
Community Transport
Lonsdale Building
The Courts
01228 226721

Community Minibus

Another way in which public transport problems in rural areas can be overcome is through Community Minibus sharing schemes. These schemes enable groups and organisations within the community to have accessible and affordable vehicles, which can be either on a self-drive basis or with a driver supplied.

The sharing scheme is only open to non-profit making groups or organisations and they must be involved in one or more of the following activities:

β–ͺ Social welfare
β–ͺ Education
β–ͺ Religion
β–ͺ Recreation
β–ͺ Other activities to benefit the community

The scheme is not open to groups or organisations of a commercial or profit-making nature, nor is it open to members of the general public acting outside of the criteria above.
If you are part of a local community group that has a transport need, please contact Cumbria Community Transport on 01539 727001 for more information.

Voluntary Car Scheme

The Voluntary Car Scheme is intended for those people who have no other means of transport. Volunteers are available to collect you from your home and take you to your chosen destination. The scheme is mainly used for:

β–ͺ Visiting friends and relatives
β–ͺ Doctors and dentist appointments
β–ͺ Shopping
β–ͺ Making connections with buses or trains
β–ͺ Other social trips

For local journeys please call Community Transport South Lakeland on 01539 742637 who will make every endeavour to meet your request. There is a small mileage charge to cover the volunteer driver’s running costs.

Volunteer drivers are always needed – if you could spare some time to help the people in your community who need transport please call the above number.
There are over 40 Voluntary Car Schemes in Cumbria. If you would like further information please call the Passenger Transport Development Officer at Cumbria County Council on 01228 226721.

Home Shopping

Why bother going to town when you can get your shopping delivered straight to your door? Easy, cheap and convenient. Try the following links to find out more:

Howbarrow Organic Farm – for fruit and veg

Traidcraft – for a wide range of Fairtrade groceries

Tesco – for all your grocery needs

ASDA – for all your grocery needs

Did You Know?

People who regularly car share can save up to Β£1,000 per year.