A village website
for residents and visitors
Buses and Coaches
A village website
for residents and visitors

Buses through Winster: Route 172

Diagram of 172 bus route

Winster has a pretty good bus service - about 6 trips per day each way (Monday-Saturday) but no Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday service. (Nearest Sunday buses: Darley Dale and Youlgrave). Many buses continue from Bakewell to Chesterfield (usually on limited-stop route X70) offering a direct bus from Winster to Chesterfield

In normal times, Winster buses do not serve Matlock's Rail/Bus station, but use Matlock's old bus station behind the Co-op, now shown on the timetable as "Bakewell Road".

Buses on route 172 are run by Hulleys of Baslow. You can check bus times (and the current position of each bus!) on this Timetable. Beware that Hulleys take quite a relaxed view to timekeeping: buses can leave two or three minutes before the printed times.

Hulleys' website does not show service interruptions (eg in snow), but they reckon to notify these on their Facebook page. Or you can try calling Hulleys on 01246 582246.

Note for ramblers fancying a one-way walk: some buses from Bakewell used to run via Youlgreave and Middleton-by-Youlgreave. There are no such through journeys in the current timetable.

Further Afield

To/from Sheffield, the fastest option is the 218 from Bakewell - taking about 45 minutes. Many services start/finish at Matlock, and can be picked up at Darley Dale - but most travel via Chatsworth, making the Bakewell-Matlock leg rather slow. From Matlock, there is little difference in journey time between the 218 via Bakewell and the x17 via Chesterfield - both take about 75 minutes.

Community Transport

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport run services for “local elderly and/or disabled residents and to visitors to the area”. They operate Dial-A-Bus services from Winster to Matlock, Bakewell, Alfreton, Buxton and Chesterfield on certain dates each month, as well as a series of day trips further afield with pickups in Winster. They also hire 16-seat vehicles to community groups at reasonable prices (Secret Gardens use them for their Park & Ride service, for example).

Other Bus and Coach Routes

There are two reasonably good online journey planners. Google Maps will plan public transport journeys if you choose the bus rather than car icon in the Directions section.

Beware the "Derbyshire Wayfarer" day ticket - once very useful, this is no longer valid on most Transpeak Services.

There is a useful bus map available in PDF format.

The Transpeak service runs hourly for much of the day on the route Derby-Matlock-Darley Dale-Bakewell-Buxton. But be warned that punctuality can be very poor.

National Express used to run a daily coach from Matlock to London, taking about 4½ hours, but this has not run since the start of Covid restrictions. There is a useful National Express service from Chesterfield direct to Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick airports about five times a day.