In 2011 a book called “Bus Pass Britain” was published. Sponsored by “The Oldie” magazine, the book contains 50 of “the nation’s favourite bus journeys” all over Britain, from Cornwall to Thurso in the far north of Scotland.
Whilst there is one journey in the Peak District (Matlock to Sheffield via Chatsworth House) in the book, there are no others in or near the area served by the Chad.
The book is obviously aimed at the over 60s who, armed with their bus passes can ‘surf’ the local bus services for free.
However, bus travel, compared with the railways, is relatively cheap, particularly if you take advantage of special tickets giving you unlimited travel for a day or a week.
So these journeys can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a cheap and relaxing day out without worrying about parking. True , the degree of comfort available on some buses can vary; some buses have leather seats and even air-conditioning, whilst others have more basic accommodation. That said, I think the real enjoyment of the journey is what you see through the window and what you can find on the way.
To show that our area can offer some interesting and often picturesque journeys by bus, I’ve embarked on a series of five journeys, all starting in Mansfield, or reachable with no more than one change of bus. We will travel north to Worksop, to the villages of rural east Notts, and even as far as the valley of the River Dove, easily reachable in a day out.
I’ve travelled on all these routes, some more than once, so I’m writing from experience, but I haven’t tried all the possible eating places or all the tourist attractions en route, so it’s up to you to do your research on the bus times as well as opening times and places to eat, though I do offer a few suggestions.
If you do travel on any of these routes, or if you have a favourite bus route not described in this series, then I would love to hear from you.