Posted by: travelrat | September 26, 2012

Scenic Bus Rides

I’ve often asked myself … if you ride in a scheduled, long-distance bus, does it count as a road trip? Not a tourist coach; between calls, they tend to stick to motorways, and, for my money, a motorway is an autobahn is an autostrada. In other words, they’re pretty samey wherever you go.

But, the regular bus services leave the motorways quite often … they rarely go directly from A to B, but usually call at C, D, E … etc. on the way. Now, a daily commute on a city bus doesn’t do much to send one into raptures, but a rural route is a different thing altogether. We all have our favourites, and mine, for scenic value was the old Ribble Motor Services No. 68, from Lancaster to Keswick, which went through Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere and over Dunmail Raise to Keswick.

Sadly, Ribble Motor Services are no more, but these days, a Stagecoach service runs over the best part of the route, starting from the Promenade at Bowness on Windermere. And, in Summer, an open-top bus is used. But, that’s still on the list … I’ve promised myself I will do it sometime, and take the video camera with me.

I have some video for you, though. A couple of years ago, I rode the National Express coach from Swindon to Gloucester, and wanted to try my camcorder out, because it had been acting up a little, and I wanted to find out if changing the memory card had been successful.

I was lucky; on this leg, I had the bus to myself, apart from the driver and his colleague, who was travelling to Birmingham to pick up another coach. We travelled over a particularly attractive stretch of country … which the driver said was even more attractive in the Autumn. So, that’s another for the list.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous countryside. Love the roads, the trees and the houses. You were very lucky to have the bus pretty much all to yourself!

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