Scenic bus trip proves just the ticket for Ann

Ann Clark, contributor to Bus Pass Britain
Ann Clark, contributor to Bus Pass Britain

A SCENIC Peak District bus journey has proved to be just the ticket for one Buxton commuter, who has nominated it for inclusion among the nation’s favourites in a new travel guide.

Bus-Pass Britain is a 256-page paperback featuring a selection of 50 favourite bus routes submitted by members of the public in response to a competition by publishers Bradt.

Bus route across the Cat And Fiddle, A537

Bus route across the Cat And Fiddle, A537

Fairfield Road resident Ann Clark nominated the number 58 service between Buxton and Macclesfield, operated by Chapel-en-le-Frith-based bus company Bowers – as her favourite four-wheeled journey, and was left gobsmacked when she was invited to write an article on it for the book.

“I’m very proud,” commented Ann, a retired mathematician, whose article appears in the book alongside other Derbyshire nominees including the Hanley to Buxton and Matlock to Sheffield journeys. “It was a very hard decision, though, as we have some lovely bus journeys in this area. The trip over to Sheffield is really nice as well.

“Buxton to Macclesfield is a beautiful journey. The scenery over the Cat and Fiddle is fantastic, and obviously one of the benefits of being on a bus is that you can enjoy the scenery that is all around you.

“Another thing that struck me was that Buxton’s buildings are built from limestone and sandstone, but you go to Macclesfield and the buildings are all red brick, so it was also that contrast and the changing landscape.”

Dave Shelley, Commercial Director of Centrebus, which owns Bowers, said the company was delighted with the news.

“The bus runs hourly for most of the day during the week, and passes through some of the High Peak area’s most impressive scenery,” he said

“The service has become increasingly popular among locals and tourists alike over the past few years, providing as it does connections into the delightful spa town of Buxton, and the bustling market town of Macclesfield, with its rail connections to London and Manchester.”

Accompanying the 50 bus journeys in the book are recommendations on where to stop and explore, providing details of inspiring sights, suggested walks and the best local cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Bus times, the length and duration of each route and travel connections are also provided, along with a scattering of quirky stories and reflections on this more leisurely form of travel.

Bus-Pass Britain: 50 of the Nation’s Favourite Bus Journeys (ISBN: 9781841623764), published by Bradt, is priced £15.99.

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