Barnard Castle has a reasonable public transport network for a rural area. You can reach the town easily from Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Richmond. There is a particularly useful service for walkers interested in exploring the delights of Upper Teesdale, which runs between Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale. This is a great way to enjoy some spectacular walks, including High Force.
There is also a wonderful scenic route, weekly on a Wednesday, from Kirkby Stephen, operated by Cumbria Classic Coaches (cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk), which gives you a nostalgic trip in the company of other keen walkers and those visiting Barney’s weekly market.
Arriva operates a service between Darlington and Barnard Castle (X75/X76, half-hourly) and Richmond (79, 2-hourly x4, Mon-Sat).
Scarlet Band operates a service from the town to Darlington (84, 2-hourly x4 per day, Mon-Sat), to Bishop Auckland (85, 2-hourly, Mon-Sat) and to Middleton-in-Teesdale (95/96, hourly, Mon-Sat).
Details of all services are available at the Visitor Information Point in The Witham Hall (open 10 – 4, Tues – Sat), at the relevant bus stops in the town or online via the Durham County Council website at http://www.cartogold.co.uk/durham/desktop.html.