Exploring Coastliner 840
Enjoy a day out with us on Coastliner 840, famous as Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route. Here’s what to look out for along the way …
Coastliner starts its 75 mile journey to Whitby in Leeds, but the interesting scenery really gets going once you leave York. From York on the A64, your Coastliner bus climbs Barton Hill – look back for an amazing view across the Vale of York, towards the Yorkshire Dales. Then, look left to glimpse Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest stately homes and gardens, famous as the location for ITV drama Brideshead Revisited. Save over £3 on admission with a Transdev Treats voucher from your driver – our Castle Line service gets you there from York or our next stop, Malton, now Yorkshire’s Food Capital. With its restaurants, food producers, shops and events, it’s a foodie’s paradise!
Your Coastliner bus turns north to reach Eden Camp – experience wartime Britain within this original prisoner of war camp. Eden Camp reveals what life was like on the Home Front and the Front Line – see military equipment including tanks, aircraft and even mini submarines! Get £1 off admission with a Transdev Treats voucher from your driver.
Next, a short detour to visit Flamingo Land Resort. Wild animals and wilder rides await adventure seekers here: Flamingo Land Resort brings together the UK’s most visited zoo, home to exotic species including giraffes, lions, rhinos and tigers, with a white-knuckle theme park boasting over 100 rides and attractions Then to Pickering, a vibrant market town with independent shops and an historic castle. Get all steamed up at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, following a 24-mile route behind restored steam locomotives. Grab a Transdev Treats voucher for 20 per cent off all tickets, except on special event days.
Now we enter the North York Moors National Park to reach Thornton-le-Dale, with its cosy tea rooms, inns and gift shops. It’s also home to Mathewsons’ classic car museum and garage, as seen on Yesterday TV’s ‘Bangers and Cash’ series – look out for them on the left as you arrive! Your Coastliner bus then climbs onto the Moors, passing the 8,000-acre Dalby Forest on your right before joining the moors road at the Fox and Rabbit Inn to reach the Hole of Horcum on your left. You simply can’t miss this 400 ft deep hollow, a natural amphitheatre known as the ‘Devil’s Punchbowl’.
Look to your right see the giant ‘pyramid’ of RAF Fylingdales, a radar base which forms part of the UK’s Ballistic Missile Early Warning System. Built in 1994, the huge structure is in one of the only places in the UK that its sensitive radar can function without interference from other radio transmissions. All around, dramatic moorland scenery opens up – don’t miss the view from mid-August to September when the heather blooms, creating a stunning carpet of pink and purple.
We leave the high road and drop into Goathland, better known as Aidensfield, home of ITV’s 1960s police drama ‘Heartbeat’. See famous locations including the Aidensfield Arms and Scripps’ Garage – and if you miss them first time, you’ll get another chance as we turn around at the Mallyan Spout Hotel to retrace our route back onto the Moors!
Our descent down Blue Bank gives us our first view of the sea, as we arrive in Sleights, and follow the River Esk on our right, Yorkshire’s only migratory salmon river, to reach Ruswarp, where since 1874 visitors have hired boats to enjoy picture postcard views.
Journey’s end is the historic port of Whitby. Dominated by the ruins of its Abbey on the clifftop, Whitby is a fascinating place: follow quaint streets to the busy quayside which still maintains a working fishing fleet and browse quirky shops to find that unique souvenir. Climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey – save 10% on admission – enjoy a boat trip from the harbour … and sample Britain’s finest fish and chips by the sea!
Many popular attractions offer money off admission fee or your bill with your bus ticket as part of our #TransdevTreats programme. Check here for our up-to-date list of our partners. Ask your driver to print you a Transdev Treats voucher and just show them at the destination to get your discount.