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This bus journey has been described as one of the most beautiful bus routes in England, taking in the historic Tyne Valley towns of Hexham and Corbridge, before climbing over the rugged moors of the North Pennine fell tops to Alston, the highest Market Town in England. Having crossed Hartside Summit at 635m, 1900ft, the bus drops gently into the picturesque Eden Valley to Penrith and on to Keswick and the Lakes.
You travel through the heart of the North Pennines, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along the A686, which has been described by the AA as being one of the '10 great drives in the world', alongside others such as Highway 50 in the Nevada Desert, and the Alpine passes between Evian and Nice.
The bus calls at various attractions along the way, such as, the South Tynedale Railway in Alston, Eden Ostrich World in Langwathby, and the world famous Village bakery in Melmerby.
Cycles can also be carried, however space is limited so reservations are essential on 01434 381200.
The bus also calls at Langwathby rail station, which is on England's most scenic rail line, the Settle - Carlisle, so connections from trains are possible.
Various ticketing options are available including bargin day returns £9.50; family super deal period return £39.00 and the 3-day rover £11.00, which really lets you explore all this captivating area has to offer.