Launceston Community Transport Partnership
As of today (7 Sept 2009) LCTP say they will shortly be running a route through Lewannick, Congdons Shop, Trebartha, Lewannick, Five Lanes, Alturnun, Polyphant, Pipers Pool, Tregadillett and Launceston on Tuesdays. LCTP also run excursions. For the latest information ring 01566 777960 – between 12.30 to 2.30 Mon – Fri to speak to someone, or leave a message any other time or visit their websitewww.littleredbus.org.uk
Service Buses run by Group Travel
There is a regular bus service (no 225) from Monday to Friday. Three buses a day run from Altarnun to Launceston and back. These all call at Lewanick village, two also call at Polyphant and one calls at Trevadlock. Group Travel also run excursions. For timetable and more information please call 01208 77989 or visit the Group Travel website.
Free ASDA bus service
Bluebird Coach Hire run a FREE weekly service from Lewannick to ASDA Bodmin and back, sponsored by ASDA. This is currently on Tuesdays and gives you an hour and a half’s shopping at ASDA. For current details phone 01726 890085 or visit Bluebird Coach Hire’s website.
Zoe’s Cabs (based in Lewannick)
Liskeard Station is nearest, about 12 miles away, roughly a 25 minute drive, as the roads are rather twisty (allow an extra 10 minutes for animals and slow vehicles on the road)! As well as all stations west you can take a small train to Looe along the estuary which makes a fantastically cheap and stress free day out, avoiding the hassle of trying to park in Looe, although the station is a 10-15 minute walk through the town from the sea front. Another bonus – parking at Liskeard is FREE!
If you’re going east from Liskeard you have the benefit of the wonderfully scenic trip past St Germans along the Tamar estuary, over Brunel’s Victorian bridge at Saltash, through Newton Abbot then all along the coast past Teignmouth, Holcombe and Dawlish Warren with the sea almost lapping the rails, eventually arriving at Exeter St. David’s. If you have less time and need a better choice of train it’s an easy drive direct to Exeter St David’s in about 50 minutes. You’ll have to pay for parking though, at around £5-£6 per day (you can grab a parking ticket and pay for it by mobile phone once you’re on the train). Wherever you’re going by train you can get a bargain fare by booking ahead on the internet. I use thetrainline.com although there are other sites. By booking about 3 weeks ahead I’ve done London and back for £25 though usually it’s a bit more than that.