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See the sites of Derbyshire and the Peak District by bus

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All Aboard for Spring 2023 in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Every day there are increasing signs of spring. The lengthening days. Bursts of increasing warmth from the winter sun. Signs of nature, with emerging spring bulbs and the first spring shoots. And before too long the lambs will be visible in the fields across Derbyshire and the Peak District.

See the sights of Derbyshire and the Peak District in the Spring by bus for only £2 per single trip. The next few weeks offer a great opportunity to explore Derbyshire and the Peak District and save money whilst travelling in an environmental way. Up until 31st March 2023, single bus journeys are all capped at £2, offering considerable savings as well as a tremendous vantage point to view the stunning scenery.


Buxton pudding and custard on a plate


One of the most scenic bus routes in England

The Guardian newspaper recently named Service 65, which travels Buxton – Tideswell – Eyam – Sheffield – Meadowhall – Tideswell – Eyam – Chesterfield, one of the most scenic routes in England. An opportunity to experience the healing Buxton waters or for a visit to the world-famous Buxton Opera House. Why not visit the Buxton Pudding Emporium, and sample Buxton Pudding, recently described by the Hairy Bikers on a visit to Buxton, as a wonderful cross between a sweet-tart and crumble.

View across Chesterfield church with crooked spire

Get shopping

As well as the stunning scenery it also provides an opportunity for some retail therapy at Meadowhall shopping centre. And after that, the X17 will take you from Meadowhall all the way back to Matlock, just a few steps from the door of Glendon Bed and Breakfast. And again for just £2 for the whole journey. The X17 also runs from Matlock to Sheffield. Sheffield has a range of Art Galleries, parks and other attractions, as well as a rich history in steel making. And of course the home of the famous Henderson’s Relish.

There are also many bus services visiting some of the wonderful market towns and villages. From Ashbourne to Bakewell, Ashford in the Water to Castleton, Buxton to Ashbourne. These services cross through the White and Dark Peak and buses offer a great sight-seeing vantage to enjoy the varied Peak District landscape

Chatsworth House in the Spring

Go to Chatsworth on a bus

Service 217 runs from Matlock through the Chatsworth estate, offering breathtaking views of Chatsworth House. It also offers a chance to stop off at Peak Village, with a variety of independent shops and a chance to take in lunch at the Chatsworth Kitchen.

Derby cathedral in the summer

Visit Derby by bus

The Sixes services run regularly from Derby to Bakewell, stopping off at Matlock. Derby city offers another location for shopping, sightseeing and culture. From the museums and silk mills to theatres. Derby Cathedral, which has been on the site for over a thousand years, is also well worth a visit. The church of All Saints, as it is known, contains some amazing treasures, including the tomb of Bess of Hardwick and a memorial to Florence Nightingale.

Cromford Mill Pond in the autumn

The Sixes service also stops at Cromford, the place where the Industrial revolution started. Cromford Mill offers a fascinating insight into the work of Sir Richard Arkwright and the impact he had on the local area and population. The Cromford church, where the Arkwright family worshipped, is also well worth a look. And weather permitting enjoy a walk along Cromford canal. For a day out you can start from Matlock to Bakewell, take in the sights and sounds of the market down, from Bakewell to Cromford, Cromford to Derby and finally a trip back from Derby to Matlock. And up until the 31st of March the 4 journeys for a total cost of £8.

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