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).
There is also a Town Service, operated by Hodgsons, which links with local villages such as Bowes and Whorlton.
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.