Bus Pass Britain

Nicky Gardner, Susanne Kries, Tim Locke

Bus Pass Britain

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This new edition of the classic hit title 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 leafy meander through the Home Counties to the exhilarating seascapes of the northeast coast, from the wilds of Snowdonia to the Outer Hebrides. 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.

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The authors of the book are mainly members of the public, self-avowed bus enthusiasts, who were invited to write about their favourite bus routes and took part in a community writing initiative. Many writers responded to invites on Twitter and other media, including through the Daily Express. The editors are Susanne Kries, Nicky Gardner and Tim Locke. Susanne and Nicky 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. Tim Locke has written on places and landscapes the length and breadth of Britain, and edits guidebooks for Bradt Travel Guides and other publishers. He is the author of Bradt's Slow Sussex & South Downs National Park, and has recently worked on projects funded by the South Downs National Park and by the High Weald AONB.

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'....an engaging guide book ....... packs in plenty of practical advice about its 50 chosen routes.'
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'... one of our favourites .. a guide to 50 of the best bus journeys.'
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Contents

50 BUS JOURNEYS
LONDON AND THE HOME COUNTIES
1 A Divine Capital Taster
Paddington to Bow Church (by Fran Martin)
2 Simply Red: a Capital Route
Trafalgar Square to Blackwall (by Alastair Willis)
3 Shades of the Suburbs: London's Social Mix
Clapham Junction to Shoreditch (by Francesca Rushton
and Gregory Gardner)
4 Red Bus at Night: Clubber's Delight
Trafalgar Square to Cockfosters (by Rebecca Reynolds)
5 Natural Selection: Downe Your Way
Bromley to Downe (by Brian Grigg)
6 South through Surrey: By Bus to Dorking
Kingston upon Thames to Dorking (by Martin Stribblehill)
7 A Sussex Centurion
Horsham to Burgess Hill (by Brian Grigg)
8 Three Counties River Run 37
High Wycombe to Reading (by Kate Booth)
BUS STOP: GREEN AND RED
SOUTHERN ENGLAND
9 Into the Magic Forest: Pony Country
Southampton to Lymington (by Jane Westlake)
10 Beautifully Bleak: Visiting West Wight
Newport to Totland (by Emily Bullock)
11 Moonraker Country
Trowbridge to Swindon (by Vicki Messam)
12 The Secret Delights of North Hampshire
Newbury to Andover (by Pauline Phillips)
13 The Purbeck Breezer
Bournemouth to Swanage (by Angela Simpkins)
BUS STOP: ARE BUSES BORING?
SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
14 The Jurassic Coast: West
Exeter to Lyme Regis (by Hilary Bradt)
15 The Jurassic Coast: East
Lyme Regis to Poole (by Ronald Lee)
16 Vintage Seaside: Off to Sand Bay
Weston-super-Mare to Sand Bay (by Fraser Balaam)
17 By Bus Along the Atlantic Highway
Barnstaple to Hartland (by Nicky Gardner)
18 Dipping into Devon's Past
Okehampton to Newton Abbot (by Janice Booth)
BUS STOP: BRITAIN'S RAREST BUS
19 Sauntering through the South Hams
Plymouth to Dartmouth (by John Deacon)
MIDLANDS AND EAST ANGLIA
20 Over the Hills to Chippy
Banbury to Chipping Norton (by Peter Draper)
21 Orbital Delights
Birmingham circular route (by Nicky Gardner)
22 Austin to Elgar: Beyond Brummagem
Birmingham to Worcester (by Nigel Roberts)
23 A Tale of Two Doctors: Prose and Poison
Staff ord to Lichfi eld (by Richard Lakin)
24 The Medieval and Postmodern Fens
Chatteris to Cambridge (by Anna Blair)
25 From End of the Pier to Under the Pier
Great Yarmouth to Southwold (by Laurence Mitchell)
26 With the Sea to your Right
Cromer to King's Lynn (by Laurence Mitchell)
BUS STOP: A FAMILY TALE
WALES AND THE BORDERS
27 Off a's Country: Westward to Wales
Ludlow to Knighton (by Les Lumsdon)
28 Border Crossing
Hereford to Llandrindod Wells (by Tim Locke)
29 Through Snowdonia: Wild Wales
Bangor to Aberystwyth (by Julie Brominicks)
30 A Taste of Wild Wales
Aberystwyth to Tregaron (by Nicky Gardner)
31 East to West Across North Wales
Wrexham to Barmouth (by Tony Hopkins)
32 Cutting Across the Brecon Beacons
Newtown to Cardiff (by Tudor Thomas)
BUS STOP: COMMUNITY BUS SERVICES
THE PENNINES
33 Mills Along the Derwent Valley
Derby to Bakewell (by Helen Moat)
34 Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle
Buxton to Macclesfi eld (by Ann Clark)
35 A Peek at the Peaks: Off to Mam Tor
Sheffi eld to Castleton (by Ian M Packham)
36 Crossing the Buttertubs: Northern Dalesman
Morecambe to Richmond (by Colin Speakman)
37 A Wensleydale Double Delight
Leyburn to Gayle (by Richard Kingsbury)
BUS STOP: BENDY OR BORIS?
CUMBRIA AND NORTHUMBERLAND
38 Escape from Penrith
Penrith to Windermere (by Ruth Kershaw and Paul Heels)
39 The Honister Rambler
Lake District circular route (by Michael Holmes)
40 Coals to Newcastle: Tyne Tees Express
Middlesbrough to Newcastle upon Tyne (by Brian Robson)
41 Coast to Coast
Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne (by Carol Purves)
42 North Sea Coastal Splendour
Newcastle upon Tyne to Berwick-upon-Tweed (by David Beilby)
BUS STOP: TRAMS AND TROLLEYBUSES
SCOTLAND
43 By Bus with the Bard: a Burns Encounter
Dumfries to Edinburgh (by Richard West)
44 Exploring the Tweed Valley
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Galashiels (by Richard West)
45 Essential Scotland
Glasgow to Campbeltown (by Deirdre Forsyth)
46 Jewel in the Clyde: the Isle of Arran
Brodick to Blackwaterfoot (by Helen Hughes)
47 The 456 to Inverlussa: a Jura Journey
Feolin to Inverlussa (by David Hoult)
48 Four Firths in the Far North
Inverness to Thurso (by Eric Newton)
BUS STOP: LOST AND FOUND
49 Suas Gu Deas: Going 'up South'
Berneray to Eriskay (by Rhona NicDhùghaill)
50 Next Stop St Kilda: By Bus Across Harris
Tarbert to Hushinish (by Fiona Rintoul)
POSTSCRIPTS
Marking Time
Meet the Team
Index of Bus Operators
Index of Place Names