#AYearOfBuses 365: Lakesider 599 Grasmere – Bowness-on-Windermere

Stagecoach Lakesider 599

Here we are. The last ever winner on #AYearOfBuses. And what a winner it is. Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire’s Lakesider 599 is the scenic, open top bus ride to top them all. Playing the part of your personal tour guide through the Lakes, it runs from Grasmere to Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll […]

5 things I’ve learnt from #AYearOfBuses

Seatoller 78

That’s it! We’ve almost completed one whole year of #AYearOfBuses. There’s only one day to go. 365 days, 365 bus routes – granted, not all of them still around any longer – but regardless, we’ve come to the end of a meandering path across all four corners of the UK charting some of the greatest, […]

#AYearOfBuses 364: Bluestar 1 Southampton – Winchester

Bluestar 1

It’s day 364 on #AYearOfBuses! And it’s time for our penultimate winner on #AYearOfBuses. And what a winner, too. Bluestar’s route 1 links the cathedral city of Winchester, on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, with the city of Southampton, on the South Coast. Bluestar 1 loosely follows the path of […]

#AYearOfBuses 363: South Notts 1 Nottingham – Loughborough

South Notts 1

Today’s day 363 on #AYearOfBuses, and it’s another of our final five fantastic bus routes to finish off the series. We’re taking a look at South Notts 1. Today in the caring hands of Nottingham City Transport, the 1 is – quite simply – an institution. Taking the scenic route between Nottingham and Loughborough, it […]

#AYearOfBuses 362: Transpeak Derby – Buxton


Our fourth from final entry on #AYearOfBuses is a route which is now sadly a shadow of its former self – but still worthy of inclusion on our list of great British bus routes. And Transpeak truly is one of Britain’s greatest bus routes. Beginning life in 1985 as a joint venture between Trent and […]

#AYearOfBuses 361: Red Arrow Derby – Nottingham

Red Arrow Plaxton Elite

Can you believe it? We’ve only got 5 days left of the year – and we’re down to our final five winners on #AYearOfBuses. Each day, we’ve tried to tie the ‘day’ in with the route number of our pick of the day, but for the final five, we’re throwing caution to the wind and […]

#AYearOfBuses 360: Elephant & Castle – Royal Albert Hall

London bus 360

It’s day 360 on #AYearOfBuses! Today, we’re taking a look at London’s first hybrid electric bus route. The 360 was London’s first bus route to trial hybrid electric technology, with a fleet of six Wright Electrocity hybrid single deckers introduced in 2006. They ran alongside six diesel buses for comparison, and though hybrid buses have […]

#AYearOfBuses 359: Exeter – Moretonhampstead

Devon bus 359

Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day, and we’re taking a festive visit to Devon, where there’s a scenic bus route for us to explore. The 359, run by Country Bus of Devon, links the city of Exeter with the Domesday-listed market town of Moretonhampstead. It takes a scenic route through Dartmoor, taking in the picture-postcard hamlets […]

#AYearOfBuses 358: Crystal Palace – Orpington

London bus 358

Merry Christmas! Today’s Christmas Eve, and it’s also day 358 on #AYearOfBuses. London’s route 358 is an interesting one. Formerly a commercially-operated route run by Metrobus, it became a TfL-tendered route in 2002 – who promptly awarded it to Metrobus. Go-Ahead restructured its operations in 2014, transferring the 358 to its London General subsidiary in […]

#AYearOfBuses 357: Manchester – Woodford

Manchester bus X57

Today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses – Manchester’s 157, which later became the X57 – doesn’t technically exist anymore, but at the same time…it does! Manchester’s route 157 started life as a Bullock’s service, linking Woodford and Cheadle with Withington, Rusholme and Manchester city centre. After Stagecoach took over Bullocks, it became a Stagecoach route – who […]

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