Get on the buses in Northumberland

An Arriva X18 Coast and Castles bus at Craster. Picture by Iain Robson
An Arriva X18 Coast and Castles bus at Craster. Picture by Iain Robson

Northumberland County Council is supporting Catch the Bus Week 2015 and is encouraging people who don’t normally use this form of transport to give it a try.

The council has joined forces with the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Northumberland National Park Authority and bus companies to promote trips that will allow people to explore the beautiful county by bus. Six different itineraries have been created and are available to download and they’re not just suitable for this Week, but can be enjoyed at any time during the summer.

Available on the council’s website, they provide the details of journeys to Cragside; to Craster and the Northumberland Coast; to Northumberlandia; Holy Island; Hadrian’s Wall and Coquetdale.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member responsible for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Using the bus is good for the economy and helps to support local communities, as well as being better for the environment. With great ticket offers, discounts at attractions and simple to follow routes, using the bus can be enjoyable, easy on the pocket and benefit the local environment too.

“There are some stunning routes to take in Northumberland, including the Coasts and Castles service, the Spirit Buses in the Rothbury area and the AD122, which travels along the route of Hadrian’s Wall. Why not take the family or travel with friends and enjoy a great Northumberland experience by bus this summer?”

Find the suggested Northumberland itineraries at www.northumberland.gov.uk Partner bus companies are also providing information about how to enjoy bus travel during Catch the Bus Week, with information available on their websites at www.arrivabus.co.uk; www.perrymansbuses.co.uk; and www.simplygo.com