#AYearOfBuses 112: Tavistock – Dawlish

Tavistock Country Bus

Today’s winner here on #AYearOfBuses is possibly one of the most unique routes we’ve featured to date.

Powered completely by volunteers, Tavistock Country Bus 112 runs only every fifth Saturday in the month (when there is one) – and that’s only from April through to September! It’s an eccentric and completely bonkers set-up, well worthy of a place in our list of great British bus routes.

In the hands of a single Mercedes Sprinter minibus, the 112 leaves Tavistock and heads towards Yelverton, picking up at Horrabridge before climbing up on the moors into Princetown. It continues its picturesque journey over the moors passing Pixie Holt, Dartmeet, where they serve a delicious cream tea, through Poundsgate and on to Ashburton crossing two narrow bridges over the River Dart. The route continues on into Newton Abbot, before heading down the Teign estuary to Teignmouth and on to Dawlish following the coast.

It’s been dubbed ‘Britain’s rarest bus service’, and was even featured on BBC One’s The One Show!

Tavistock network map

Huge thanks to Daniel Wright for pointing this properly off-the-beaten-track bus route out to us!

Image credit: Roger French


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