Bus journey through Saddleworth nominated for top scenic award

PASSENGERS travelling through Saddleworth and West Yorkshire on the 184 bus are doing so on one of the UK’s most scenic routes.

And with public support the long-distance route, which starts in Manchester and terminates in Huddersfield, could become number one.


The 184 route has been voted one of the most scenic

But it faces tough competition from routes in Cornwall, Dorset and Scotland.

The First Manchester 184 service passes through Uppermill and Diggle in Saddleworth, and Marsden and Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire.

Passengers can take in the views of Saddleworth Railway Viaduct, beautiful countryside views of the Colne Valley, Standedge reservoir and spectacular views over the tops of the Pennines.

But anyone travelling the full route, including stops in Lees, Grotton, Greenfield, Uppermill, Dobcross and Diggle, may want to take refreshments as it can take nearly two hours.

The survey has been launched by bus enthusiast Paul Kirby, who has created it with the support of bus operators from across the UK to celebrate Britain’s best bus routes.


There are plenty of views for passengers to take in

Claire Walters is Chief Executive of Bus Users UK which sponsors the survey.

“The main aim of the survey is to celebrate Britain’s best bus routes,” she said. “And to encourage more people to experience the spectacular views of our rugged coastline, mountain passes, lakes, moors and dales without having to worry about driving, directions or parking.”

To vote for your favourite route in England, Scotland & Wales online visit: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ScenicBus or @mostscenicbus on Twitter.

The winners will be announced in summer 2018 and a website containing details of the top 10 routes in each country will be produced.

The 11 short-listed routes are:
1 – Weymouth to Portland – First Wessex
20 – Somerset’s Coaster – Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-on-sea – First West of England
44B – Worcester to Ledbury via Malvern – First Worcester
184 – Manchester to Huddersfield over the Pennines – First Manchester
308 – Huddersfield to Holmfirth – First Huddersfield
376- Mendip Xplorer – Bristol to Wells/Glastonbury/Street – First West of England
A1- Atlantic Coasters – Penzance to Lands End – First Kernow
A5 – Atlantic Coasters – Newquay to Padstow – First Kernow
X53 – Jurassic Coaster – Weymouth to Axminster – First Wessex
1B – Glasgow to Helensburgh – First Greater Glasgow
X85 – Glasgow to Campsie Glen – First Greater Glasgow.

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