Slower Travel Bus Trip Blog

This is Slower Travel, a blog about getting from A to Z via B, C, D and the rest of the alphabet, on local buses.

I’m more than happy getting to places in a fast and efficient manner if time is short or when treading a familiar path. That said, I generally prefer to see the back lanes, the winding estates and the obscure landmarks which you just can’t see from a train or a coach.

Fantastic towns and villages that non-drivers can’t reach by any other means: Leek, Dartmouth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Aldeburgh, Banff, Bawtry, Beer, Tideswell, Tenby, Tadcaster, Ullapool, Porthcurno, they’re all accessible by bus alone, even if there aren’t too many of them.

I’ll fully concede that hopping on a few buses isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s not about the bus itself. It’s about the out-of-the-way, the overheard snippets of conversation, the weird and unfamiliar place names, the people you’re with, the unexpected.

This website will tell you about ace bus routes, give you ideas for days out to explore new places, and maybe even nudge you into planning some slow travel adventures of your own.

Click on the About section to learn more about how I got into all this shenanigans, and if you’d like to drop me a line, then head over to the Contact page.

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Bus Routes In Derbyshire

X17: Sheffield to Matlock

Putting the letter 'e' and a dash in front of a word doesn't make the object in any way more modern or desirable. Just like adding '2000' as a suffix to provincial club names in the 90s didn't make fights less likely to break out at their funky house nights.

Bus Routes In Cheshire

Skyline 199: Stockport to Buxton

From a polar bear bench pressing a giant key in Norilsk, the magnificent minimalism of Magnitogorsk's black triangle, and the bag of wriggling puppies being drowned in a sack on Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky's standard, Russia has an instinctive understanding of how to best represent yourself on a flag.

Bus Routes In London

205: Paddington to Bow Church

We're here because we're heading to Amsterdam to smoke loads of drugs and have it off with all the prostitutes (Eleanor), as well as maybe having an aimless wander around the canals and checking out the city's Botanical Gardens (me).

Bus Routes In Manchester

CityZap: Manchester to Leeds

A saintly Marcel Marceau, the conductor holds a bus pass to the side of his face and mouths to the more senior contingent that they'll need one of them to get on for free. The eldest lady pulls out a casino membership card, which doesn't quite work.

Bus Routes In West Yorkshire

901: Huddersfield to Hebden Bridge

The scenery lightens with a lily pond just as we reach Cragg Vale. It's so perfect that it was surely the inspiration for Paul McCartney's seminal Frog Chorus, a song I got in trouble for humming while being read a story in the first year of primary school...