Using public transport opens up a vast array of new and interesting walks. However using public transport to travel one way is so simple and easy it really is amazing we do not do it more (and we don’t).
One Way Walks in the Yorkshire Dales
One Way Walks in the North York Moors & Coast
One Way walks in the Lake District
I live on the doorstep of the wonderful Settle to Carlisle railway and completed an interesting round of Ingleborough the other day by making use of the line. Similar recent visits to Pickering in the North York Moors and a short ride on the Wensleydale Railway have resulted in some thoroughly enjoyable walks. The Lake District National Park have also promoted the area’s own excellent network of buses recently and without doubt hopping on the Honister Rambler (for example) opens up some wonderful one way walks in Borrowdale and Buttermere.
I would always recommend taking the bus or train at the start of the walk, it eliminates the stress of having to complete the walk at a certain time, there is the satisfaction in finishing a walk where you are meant to be (pub, bath or change of clothes all options!) and of course you do not have to sit on a bus/train either sweating like a trooper or damp after a particularly wet walk with steam creating your own fog (or just cold). Therefore all the walks I am suggesting (bar one) start off with the trip on public transport.
The advantages of walking one way are obvious; I have been able to cover so much more ground since I started ‘taking the bus’ – an example being the walk over Embsay Moor in the Dales from Skipton to Grassington is so much better than having to repeat the trudge back over what can be tricky and wet moorland terrain. Another advantage that I had previously not thought about is that there is almost inevitably a choice of walks (often low and high level) between two points. Anyone who has returned from Seatoller to Keswick will know that you can walk along the river and shores of Derwentwater, take to the fells of Maiden Moor and Catbells or even head for Watendlath and Walla Crag – most importantly all made possible for an average walker.
There is one other advantage; the more walkers use the buses and trains for walking the less likely it is that these services are to be cut or ‘rationalised’. There is already consultancy happening in the Moors and Dales on the present frequency of the services and it would be a shame if such services suffered through lack of usage, Here at Where2walk we will do whatever we can to promote these services and on this website I have introduced a brand new category of walks – ‘One Way One Day’ a list of which can be found on the links higher up the page. There are not so many at the moment but I hope to have a really good selection by next summer.
One of the main reason I (and I suspect others) have not taken to the buses and trains is that it is extremely difficult to get accurate, understandable information on what services are available. They are almost inevitably out of date or just difficult to locate on the appropriate websites. What I have done on each individual walk description is give a timing and frequency of the service and where appropriate a bus number and where to get it from (usually from a summer timetable so be wary if walking during the winter months). However this information does become out of date and I urge people to simply google the from and to places on the walk with the bus number if appropriate and find the most up to date information. Hopefully what I can provide here is a good selection of personally recommended excellent walks. If the detailed transport information is any way out of date on the individual walks there is a comments section at its foot to which anyone can add the most up to date details.
One other thing – do let me know of any of your own favourite walks that you know that use public transport. I am more than happy to try any out and as ever if I like it on it goes!
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