It runs much less frequently and has older vehicles than the high profile 555 from the south, but Stagecoach’s 554 provides a useful and scenic link through Cumbria between Keswick and Carlisle. DALE HOWCROFT persuaded his wife and two sons to try it for a day out last August.

The one vehicle branded for route 554, Alexander Dennis ALX400-bodied Trident 18357 (MX55 KPJ), in Keswick in early March 2014. JOHN YOUNG

Let me start with a confession. I do not use the bus as much as I should. I make some local bus journeys in my home city of Carlisle, but if I am brutally honest I could use the bus more often and I rarely use the bus for trips of any distance.

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