Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Discover Moorsbus

by Handy Mag
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Connecting People and Places in the North York Moors

Moorsbus is a unique transport network designed and operated by a not-for-profit community interest company that is run entirely by volunteers and led by its passengers. Moorsbus uses modern, low-emission vehicles and professional and friendly drivers provided by three or four different companies.

The aim of Moorsbus is to help residents and visitors to get to and around the North York Moors National Park without needing a car. Whether you want to visit friends, attend events or local attractions, go to the shops or work, enjoy a walk, or simply admire the stunning scenery, Moorsbus can help. By doing so, the service helps the local economy and society, while reducing the impact on the environment now and for future generations.

This summer, Moorsbus will be running every weekend in July, August, and September, as well as on the August Bank Holiday Monday. The all-day tickets cost £9.80, young person’s all-day tickets cost £2.50, and family tickets are available for £15. Single fares are all under £5, and although the service doesn’t qualify for the £2 national bus fare scheme, bus passes are accepted. Moorsbus has gift voucher all-day tickets available on its website shop. Additionally, well-behaved dogs are welcome on board and do not need a ticket!

For those who are unsure where to go, Moorsbus provides several “Days Out” pdfs on its website, starting from different places such as Malton, Helmsley, and Pickering. The service also offers some very enjoyable “walk and ride” ideas. If you do not have access to the internet, Moorsbus sends leaflets and timetables to all the local libraries.

Moorsbus has a Moor Rewards scheme, where participating cafes and shops give discounts to Friends of Moorsbus members in exchange for free advertising on their website. If you are creative, you can even sell items through Moorsbus’s online shop. The service is always looking for help with promotion and fundraising and is happy to help others along the way too.

As fares and bus pass reimbursement cover only part of their costs, Moorsbus relies on donations from passengers, parish councils, businesses, trusts, and other groups. You can make donations via their website www.moorsbus.org, on the buses, or at local community events. The volunteers also enjoy doing tombolas and make very tasty Moorsbus jams and marmalade.
Recently, Moorsbus has been given many boxes of good second-hand books and is keen to participate in community events to sell them to raise funds for the network. If you know of a suitable event or want more information, please contact FriendsofMoorsbus@outlook.com. If you would like a timetable booklet posted to you, please send a DL stamped addressed envelope to 4 Foundry Cottages, Wrelton, YO18 8PF.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, Moorsbus can help you get around and discover all that the North York Moors National Park and its surrounding area has to offer. A great option for anyone looking for an easy and stress-free way to travel.

For more information visit www.moorsbus.org, call 01751 477216 or email friendsofmoorsbus@outlook.com.

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