The 10 most beautiful bus lines in Great Britain

The 10 most beautiful bus lines in Great Britain

The 10 most beautiful bus lines in Great Britain

Cornish Bus Line UK Scenic Coastline - Getty / Getty

Cornish Bus Line UK Scenic Coastline – Getty / Getty

Buses are better than trains. On buses, you can venture along winding roads, over mountain passes, and along deep lakes. You can get on and off at regular intervals and they are also considerably cheaper.

Here are 10 of the most beautiful bus lines in the whole country. If you have a trip you’d like to share, leave a comment at the bottom of the article.

A bus dependent on the tides

Berwick-upon-Tweed, number 477

Visitors wishing to explore Holy Island, off Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, do not need to take a ferry – they are served by the 477 bus. The route, which takes 35 minutes from Berwick train station to Holy Island, runs through one beautiful scenery, with great views over the North Sea coast. However, as the Lindisfarne causeway to the island is closed at high tide, the route has an incredibly complicated schedule, which changes daily to account for the changing sea level.

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Lindisfarne Causeway – Getty / Getty

The rarest bus in the world

Tavistock to Dawlish, the number 112

The 112 from Tavistock to Dawlish (formerly 113) on the Devon coast runs through some glorious Dartmoor landscapes and takes two hours. But it’s a rare beast, running only on the fifth Saturday of each month between March and October (Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Truro take up the other four Saturdays). The Tavistock Country Bus Service has only one bus and all staff are volunteers. 112 passes through dramatic and sparse moorland scenery, stopping at Fox Tor Café in Princetown and an intersection known as the Bull Ring in Ashburton, a town known as the South Gate of Dartmoor.

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Dawlish bus 112 – Getty / Getty

The only route through the Yorkshire Dales

The Northern Dalesman, issue 830

The only way to cross the Yorkshire Dales National Park by public transport is the Northern Dalesman. Not that this is a normal hop-on hop-off service. The 830, which begins its journey in Middlesbrough before traveling to Richmond and through the Dales to Ingleton, only runs on Sundays and public holidays from early May to late October, and there is only one trip of round trip daily from each end point. This means that, depending on where you get off, you can have between three and six hours at your chosen stop before getting back in and heading in the opposite direction.

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Northern Dalesman Bus Dales Yorkshire – Getty / Getty

The bus that stops at Great Britain’s Hobbiton

Birmingham, number 11

This covers the “Outer Circle”, a route which, at over 26 miles, is the second longest city bus line in Europe (360 City Circle, in Coventry, is the longest, at 31.5 miles) . In operation since April 1926, the route carries over 50,000 passengers a day at 272 stops, passing through 40 pubs, 69 recreational facilities, 233 schools, 19 shopping centers and six hospitals. Landmarks along the way include Cadbury World in Bournville and Sarehole Mill, which allegedly provided JRR Tolkien with the inspiration for Hobbiton and The Shire. Trivia: Simon Le Bon, of Duran Duran, wrote the hit single Hungry Like The Wolf while he was on bus number 11.

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Sarehole Mill – Getty / Getty

Northumberland coast and castles

Arrives North East: X18

The X18’s route from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Northumberland coast is reminiscent of a tour bus, passing historic sites such as Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, a Harry Potter film location, and the pretty Craster fishing village, known for its seafood. There are connecting services to the Farne Islands, which are home to over 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds, including 37,000 pairs of puffins.

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Alnwick Castle Harry Potter – Getty / Getty

Island hopping in the Atlantic

Postbus, Outer Hebrides

In some more remote parts of Scotland, bus services are so limited that taking the post bus is a sensible option. In the Outer Hebrides, one of these routes (the W17) runs 27 miles from Lochboisdale Pier on South Uist Island to Benbecula Island. Passengers on this trip cross the Atlantic Ocean on the bridge between the two islands. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes, stopping at Benbecula Airport on request only.

Lochboisdale South Uist Outer Hebrides - Getty / Getty

Lochboisdale South Uist Outer Hebrides – Getty / Getty

Open-top across the lakes

From Bowness and Windermere to Grasmere: Lakeside 599

Running every 20 minutes, this open double decker traverses the Central Lake District, passing through Windermere, Braithwate Fold, Brockhole, Ambleside and Rydal. The buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB ports, as well as audio commentary along the way.

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Windermere Lake District – Getty / Getty

An international service

From Knighton to Ludlow, number 740

This route is international and runs from Knighton in Powys in Wales to Ludlow in Shropshire. The service, which runs one hour and runs six times a day from Monday to Friday, makes at least 24 stops, in rural villages full of chocolates including Clungunford, just a few miles from the Welsh border.

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Ludlow Shropshire – Getty / Getty

A smooth ride for the eco-conscious

Cambridgeshire Guided Bus

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which opened in 2011, runs along tracks that resemble a tram. The journey, from Cambridge to Peterborough, takes two hours and passengers travel in leather seats, enjoying free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The eco-conscious will travel more comfortably knowing that the bus runs on biofuel.

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Getty – Getty

The narrowest highway in England

Dartmouth to Plymouth, number 3

In an article for Telegraph Travel about a three day bus trip along the south west coast of England, Andrew Gilligan wrote that, of the eight buses he used, the number 3 from Dartmouth to Plymouth, Devon, was probably the best all. “Arrive early for a decent place: every retiree on holiday in England, with the free pass in hand, seems to know this route,” he said. “Like a hippy from the sixties, this bus has flowers in its hair, plucked from the trees along the way and twisted around the bar that protects the upper deck: the service runs along what must be the narrowest road A in England. , a few centimeters from the walls of the house and medieval bay windows “.

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