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7 scenic bus routes in England

Who said you need a car to get around the most scenic parts of England? Experience diverse landscapes, from the Lake District's picturesque villages to the Jurassic Coastline's rugged beauty and beyond, all by bus. What’s more, until the end of October single fares are capped at £2 and if you have an older person’s bus pass or a disabled person’s bus pass, journeys are free year-round.

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Scenic bus routes: X53 Jurassic Coaster (Axminster/Weymouth to Poole)

Dorset

Enjoy views of dramatic rock formations, golden beaches and pretty villages on this route along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stretching from Poole Harbour in the east to beyond Lyme Regis and Axminster in the west, you can stop off at as many places as you like with the go-as-you-please unlimited travel ticket.

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Scenic bus routes: 555 (Keswick to Lancaster)

Cumbria and North Lancashire

Running through the Lake District National Park, this route treats you to views of the wooded slopes of Thirlmere, the dreamy Lake Windermere, and walker's paradise, Kendal. Why not hop on and off along the way to explore the shops and eateries along the way? If you prefer to stay onboard, you can make use of USB charging points and informative audio commentary.

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Scenic bus routes: The Atlantic Coaster (Newquay to Padstow)

Cornwall

Zip along Cornwall's famous coastline on an open-top bus and enjoy the views of beautiful sandy beaches and the bright blue Atlantic Ocean. Start your trip in surfer paradise Newquay and weave your way through the Seven Bays region, which includes stops at Porth, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and Harlyn Bay, until you reach the charming harbour town of Padstow. Along the way, why not hop off to attractions such as Newquay Zoo and MacDonald's Farm?

 

 

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Scenic bus routes: Coastliner 840 (York to Whitby)

North Yorkshire

Previously named Britain's Most Scenic Bus Route in a national poll, the 840 bus takes you through the dramatic scenery of North York Moors National Park, with far-reaching views of rolling hills and moors, which are carpeted with heather in the summer months. For the best views, head upstairs to the top deck as you make your way to the historical coastal town of Whitby, famous for its Dracula connection.

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Scenic bus routes: 271/272 (Sheffield to Castleton)

Derbyshire and South Yorkshire

This route links Sheffield with the Hope Valley as it makes its way to the picture-perfect village of Castleton. There's plenty of things to do along the way. The bus travels across Sheffield Moor and through Hathersage, home to the climbing crags of Stanage Edge, famous for its Pride and Prejudice connection. Stop off here to get a photo or carry on to Bamford and Hope which both have access to some excellent walking routes.

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Scenic bus routes: 36 and CH1 (King’s Lynn to Cromer)

Norfolk

The 36 Coastliner runs from the market town of King's Lynn to the North Norfolk coastal town of Wells-next-to-Sea. You'll spot Sandringham Estate (a royal residence) before the beautiful Norfolk coastline comes into view. The route continues past Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve before reaching Wells. If you want to continue your seaside sightseeing, you can catch the CH1 Coasthopper to Cromer, home of the famous seafood delicacy, Cromer-dressed crab. What's more, kids under five travel free on buses across Norfolk.

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Scenic bus routes: AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (Hexham to Haltwhistle)

Hexham, Northumberland

 

Head to the far north of England to find out “what the Romans did for us”. Hop on and journey back to AD122 as you venture to Hadrian’s Wall and the dramatic countryside of Northumberland. Visit attractions such as Chesters Roman Fort, the archaeological site of Vindolanda, and the Roman Army Museum at Walltown. 

Experience the sights and sounds of what life was like in Roman times. Or, walk parts of the Hadrian’s Wall path and jump on and off the bus to help you get around faster. 

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16 Aug 2023(last updated)

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    Dorset

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    Cumbria and North Lancashire

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    Cornwall

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    North Yorkshire

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    Derbyshire and South Yorkshire

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    Norfolk

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    Hexham, Northumberland

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