Bus-Pass Britain

Nicky Gardner, Susanne Kries

Bus-Pass Britain

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Bus-Pass Britain is a colourful celebration of travelling by bus around the British Isles and features a selection of 50 favourite bus-routes submitted by members of the public in response to a Bradt competition. Their favourite bus routes reveal a wonderful mosaic of journeys across Britain, from a pleasant meander through Surrey lanes to an orbit through Birmingham's edgy suburbs. Evocative and fun, the book reveals how free bus passes have encouraged a new generation of keen explorers. Join us on the top deck for a fresh perspective on towns and villages across Britain. Each journey includes recommendations on where to stop and explore, providing details of inspiring sights, suggested walks and the best local cafes, pubs, restaurants. All the practical details: bus times, the length and duration of each route and travel connections to the start and finish, are provided and the book features a scattering of quirky stories and reflections (entitled Bus-stops) on the wonders of this more leisurely form of travel.

About the author

The authors of the book, some forty individuals, are with few exceptions not professional writers. They are ordinary folk, most of them retired. The editors, Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner, have for many years specialised in exploring Europe by train, bus and boat. They are editors of hidden europe magazine, and their work has featured in publications across Europe.

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'Britain's favourite bus routes: what a great idea!'
Joan Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell DBE

'Bus-Pass Britain is the perfect companion for those of a certain age still keen to get out and about, but on a budget.' The Mail on Sunday

'We are very impressed by 'Bradt Bus Pass Britain'. The book has 50 excellent bus rides to take with a bus pass in England, Scotland & Wales making it a very useful companion when holidaying in Britain, or for planning local journeys by bus. Colour photos, maps and illustrations abound, and the routes are arranged by region.'
Freebustravel.co.uk

'A new handy little book will inspire you to travel by bus.'
The Daily Express

'This is a very readable guidebook that manages to squeeze in enough information about places to visit, without creating a book that's heavy or unwieldy.'
Teme Valley Times

'A great little book for those of us trying to use the car less and, for those readers who have a bus-pass, how to make more use of it........All you need to do is put it in your holiday suitcase, grab your bus-pass and go.'
Best of British magazine

'... one of our favourites .. a guide to 50 of the best bus journeys.'
Wanderlust

'....an engaging guide book ....... packs in plenty of practical advice about its 50 chosen routes.'
Sunday Express

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Bus-Pass Britain - 50 of the Nation's Favourite Bus Journeys
Review by STEVE
This is a great book I did Lands End to John o Groats by local buses in 2005 it took 6 days (Mon-Fri) and 29 Diffrent routes i did it for Hearing Dogs for Deaf people and raised
(Posted on 08/08/2013)
Bus-Pass Britain - 50 of the Nation's Favourite Bus Journeys
Review by freebustravel.co.uk
“We are very impressed by “Bradt Bus Pass Britain ” – the book has 50 excellent bus rides to take with a bus pass in England, Scotland & Wales making it a very useful companion when holidaying in Britain, or for planning local journeys by bus. Colour photos, maps and illustrations abound, and the routes are arranged by region.”  Freebustravel.co.uk
(Posted on 27/10/2011)

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Contents

Foreword
Welcome Aboard
How to Use this Book

FIFTY BUS JOURNEYS

LONDON AND THE HOME COUNTIES
1 Simply Red: a Capital Route: London: Regent Street to Blackwall (by Alastair Willis)
BUS STOP A: CENTENARIAN BUS ROUTES
2 Island Odyssey: the Isle of Grain: Chatham to Grain (by Paul Wren)
3 Exploring the Cinque Ports: Dover to Hastings (by Matthew Reames)
4 The Sussex Coast: Towns and Downs: Brighton to Eastbourne (by Jenny Jones)
5 Country Lanes to Guildford: Aldershot to Guildford (by Sylvia Cole)
6 Along the Pilgrim's Way: Guildford to Redhill (by Nicky Gardner)
7 A Meander through Beds, Bucks and Herts:Luton to Aylesbury (by Brian Grigg)

SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
8 The Secret Delights of North Hampshire:Newbury to Andover (by Pauline Phillips)
9 Moonraker Country: Trowbridge to Swindon (by Vicki Messam)
10 Land of the Summer Folk: Wells to Taunton (by Pat Robinson)
11 The Purbeck Breezer: Bournemouth to Swanage (by Angela Simpkins)
12 The Jurassic Coast: West: Exeter to Lyme Regis (by Hilary Bradt)
13 The Jurassic Coast: East: Lyme Regis to Poole (by Ronald Lee)
BUS STOP B: WIDECOMBE FARES
14 The Exmoor Roller Coaster:Minehead to Lynmouth (by Pam Johnston)
15 Sauntering through the South Hams: Plymouth to Dartmouth (by John Deacon)
16 The Haytor Hoppa: A Dartmoor Delight: Dartmoor circular route (by Hilary Bradt)
17 The Magic of Mount's Bay: Helston to Penzance (by Marilyn Cliff )

WALES
18 Border Crossing: Hereford to Llandrindod Wells (by Tim Locke)
19 East to West across North Wales: Wrexham to Barmouth (by Tony Hopkins)
20 Across the Clwydian Hills: Mold to Ruthin (by Tony Newman)
21 A Taste of Wild Wales: Aberystwyth to Tregaron (by Nicky Gardner)
BUS STOP C: ARE BUSES BORING?

CENTRAL ENGLAND
22 Through the Marches: Ludlow to Hereford (by Victor Chamberlain)
23 Over the Hills to Chippy: Banbury to Chipping Norton (by Peter Draper)
24 Orbital Delights:Birmingham circular route (by Nicky Gardner)
25 Exploring the World of Saints and Tigers: Northampton to Leicester (by Alastair Willis)
26 With the Sea to your Right: Cromer to King's Lynn (by Laurence Mitchell)
BUS STOP D: VIEW FROM THE TOP
27 Along the Waveney Valley: Diss to Beccles (by Laurence Mitchell)
28 The Road to Skegness: Lincoln to Skegness (by Laurence Mitchell)

PENNINES AND YORKSHIRE
29 Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle: Buxton to Macclesfi eld (by Ann Clark)
30 Potteries to Peak: The Buxton Flyer: Hanley to Buxton (by Patricia Walter)
31 From Ghost Trains to Glasshouses: Matlock to Sheffi eld (by Wendy Green)
32 Where Industry Meets the Pennine Foothills: Hyde to Oldham (by Stuart Vallantine)
33 In the Shadow of the Moors: Oldham to Ashton-under-Lyne (by Martin Clark)
BUS STOP E: TRAMS AND TROLLEYBUSES
34 Journey to the Heart of North Yorkshire: Leeds to Ripon (by Pearl Lewis)
35 A Wensleydale Double Delight: Bedale to Hawes (by Richard Kingsbury)
36 Abbey to Castle: The Yorkshire Coast: Whitby to Scarborough (by Jill Stuart)
37 Two Vales: Pickering and York: Scarborough to York (by Jill Stuart)
38 The Moorsbus Experience: Northallerton to Helmsley (by Marjorie Fossick)

CUMBRIA AND NORTHUMBERLAND
39 The Honister Rambler: Lake District circular route (by Michael Holmes)
40 A Nostalgic Ride through the Lake District:Keswick to Windermere (by Betty Dove)
41 The Kirkstone Rambler: Bowness to Glenridding (by Paul Heels)
42 Escape from Penrith: Penrith to Patterdale (by Ruth Kershaw)
43 Along Hadrian's Wall in AD122: Carlisle to Hexham (by Margaret Brough)
44 Coast to Coast 200: Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne (by Carol Purves)
BUS STOP F: COMMUNITY BUS SERVICES
45 North Sea Coastal Splendour: Newcastle upon Tyne to Berwick-upon-Tweed (by David Beilby)

SCOTLAND 210
46 Exploring the Tweed Valley:Berwick-upon-Tweed to Galashiels (by Richard West)
47 Cowal Connections:Dunoon to Portavadie (by Douglas Blades)
48 Essential Scotland:Glasgow to Campbeltown (by Deirdre Forsyth)
49 To Rannoch's Wild Moor: Pitlochry to Rannoch Moor (by Richard West)
50 Four Firths in the Far North:Inverness to Thurso (by Eric Newton)
BUS STOP G: LOST AND FOUND

REFERENCE SECTION
Bus-Pass Basics
Planning Longer Journeys (by Janice Booth)
Meet the Team behind Bus-Pass Britain
Index of Place Names
Feedback Request