Buses Along The South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole Harbour via Land's End (Hardback)
A History of the Past and a Guide to the Modern Day
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When one thinks of public transport in the south west over the years, two names tend to dominate; Western National and Devon General. But as this book with a difference shows, there was much more to it. Whilst it features buses past and present from a variety of operators large and small, it does so by following the route of one of the most well-known walks in England.
The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall along the north coast to Land’s End, and back along the south coast to Poole harbour in Dorset. It boasts some spectacular scenery and regularly appears in lists of the world’s best walks.
So this is not just a book about public transport, it is also a travellers’ guide to things to see and do along the length of the Coast Path. Readers can imagine themselves at the front of their own imaginary tour bus, stopping at key points along the way. The photographs of buses date from the 1920s through to the 2010s, and feature over twenty-five different operators. There are brief notes on the way in which the Coast Path connects these places and the availability of modern-day bus services between them, and should any further encouragement be needed to plan a visit to the area, scenic views of some of the most beautiful locations are also included.
It is hoped that this unique volume will appeal not just to bus enthusiasts but to anyone interested in visiting this glorious part of the country.
Most books are written for a single audience, but this one addresses at least three. The bus enthusiast will find concise histories of over twenty-five operators along the coast from the 1920s to the present day and many unique photographs. The walker is offered details of bus services along the Coast Path enabling a series of linear walks with transport to and from base camp, as well as 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Landranger maps of each section. The tourist or holiday maker is offered ‘Things to see’ with details and scenic views of some of the most beautiful and fascinating locations in the country.John Ashley, Journal of the Road Transport History Association - September 2021
Buses Along the South West Coast Path is thoroughly recommended. It should be in the rucksack or picnic hamper of anyone heading to this lovely corner of England.
Annette Shaw reviews some of the latest books with a Devon connectionDevon Life, July/August 2021
This is a unique book which manages to combine a traditional travel guide with an album of recent and older images of buses which served the communities along the footpath, starting in West Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and ending in DorsetWest Somerset Railway Association
Well recommended as a beautifully presented guide to the best sights of the Coastal Path and the public transport which serves it.
While this book is essentially a touring guide around the south west coast it also satisfies the interests of the dedicated follower of buses. What better way to forget the car, keep fit and help the environment, but not all in one day. Dip into its lavishly illustrated pages and choose your section to explore.Whott's News - the newsletter of the West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust
Andrew Bartlett has taken a creative approach to this presentation of photographs of buses in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.Buses, March 2021
At first glance this looks like a book purely relating to buses but not entirely, it actually encompasses a travel guide for one of the most well-known walks in England i.e. the 630 mile long South West coast path and details things to do and see along the route. With colour photographs of public transport from the 1920s up until the 2010s. It details to some extent the availability of modern day bus services between some of the most beautiful locations in this part of the country. This is rather a unique book intended to appeal to bus enthusiasts and visitors to this part of the country.Review by Andy Thomson