Couple use bus passes to travel from Devon to Lake District...for free

A COUPLE in their 60s travelled from Devon to the Lake District using nothing more than their free pensioners’ bus passes.

Michael and Jacqui Burden managed to take in Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and the Lakes without paying a single penny for transport, as they spent eight days meandering 500 miles from their home in the south to Carlisle.

Day seven saw them arrive in Ingleton from Settle, while day eight took them from Ingleton to Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and up through the Lake District to Penrith.

“Journey from Skipton to Settle was spectacular,” they said in their travel diary.

“Took the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a 4.5 mile walk to visit eight waterfalls and scenery, some of the most beautiful in northern England.”

Traditional South Lakeland weather accompanied them on day eight, when they said: “Rain, rain, rain! “Lovely countryside in drive through Cumbria, but difficult to see through the steamed-up bus windows.

“Few passengers on board, but ladies who liked to chat.

“At times the journey was like riding a ‘log-flume’ at a theme park, with water spraying up high on both sides as the bus negotiated narrow country roads.”

The couple hopped on board 28 buses with 15 bus companies, saving themselves £120.85 per person.

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9:24pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Kendmoor says...

Sounds like a fun challenge, though I'm guessing what they saved in travel fees they actually more than doubled in stays in hotels and BnBs just to get here.
Sounds like a fun challenge, though I'm guessing what they saved in travel fees they actually more than doubled in stays in hotels and BnBs just to get here. Kendmoor
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2:28pm Tue 13 Aug 13

shirtbox2003 says...

simple people.
simple people. shirtbox2003
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10:08pm Tue 13 Aug 13

jazzactivist says...

I think it sounds like a great trip, and why not? The free bus passes are a fantastic way for us to publicly thank retired people for their lifetime of effort and taxpaying. I hope the free passes will still be around when I retire, as I'd just travel the country visiting all the places I haven't yet seen and contributing to the local economies as they are. Enjoy yourselves Michael and Jacqui Burden while you still can.
I think it sounds like a great trip, and why not? The free bus passes are a fantastic way for us to publicly thank retired people for their lifetime of effort and taxpaying. I hope the free passes will still be around when I retire, as I'd just travel the country visiting all the places I haven't yet seen and contributing to the local economies as they are. Enjoy yourselves Michael and Jacqui Burden while you still can. jazzactivist
  • Score: 8

11:16pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Pete W. says...

I think we could save tax payers millions of pounds by restricting bus pass usage to 'local' journeys only. The 'Pass' was not designed for joy riding around the country or for going for a day out when fed up of watching day-time TV... though on the down side many bus companies would go out of business without their subsidy, as more than 30% of their passengers are using a bus pass!
I think we could save tax payers millions of pounds by restricting bus pass usage to 'local' journeys only. The 'Pass' was not designed for joy riding around the country or for going for a day out when fed up of watching day-time TV... though on the down side many bus companies would go out of business without their subsidy, as more than 30% of their passengers are using a bus pass! Pete W.
  • Score: -7

10:28am Thu 15 Aug 13

oceancloud says...

As far as I am aware there is nothing laid down to suggest there are any restrictions on the purpose of the holder's journey whether it be going shopping, going on holiday or "joy riding round the country". This couple have obviously made "local "journeys all the way from home to the Lakes. I go to London regularly where the bus system is superb and use my pass all the time. You are right, most bus routes around here would fold if it were not for the bus pass, mainly due to the high fares charged.
As far as I am aware there is nothing laid down to suggest there are any restrictions on the purpose of the holder's journey whether it be going shopping, going on holiday or "joy riding round the country". This couple have obviously made "local "journeys all the way from home to the Lakes. I go to London regularly where the bus system is superb and use my pass all the time. You are right, most bus routes around here would fold if it were not for the bus pass, mainly due to the high fares charged. oceancloud
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Sick of moaners says...

Free bus passes? Total waste of our money, ban them. I don't get free diesel money to get to work so why should they get a free bus pass.
Free bus passes? Total waste of our money, ban them. I don't get free diesel money to get to work so why should they get a free bus pass. Sick of moaners
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1:09pm Thu 15 Aug 13

oceancloud says...

It's one of the joys of getting old! Presumably Sick of Moaners you will refuse the pass when you eventually become eligible if they are still in existence then.Long live the bus pass!!
It's one of the joys of getting old! Presumably Sick of Moaners you will refuse the pass when you eventually become eligible if they are still in existence then.Long live the bus pass!! oceancloud
  • Score: 4

3:00pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Sick of moaners says...

Yes I'll send it back. Won't need i'll just move to grange over sands and moan about someone driving at 33mph in a 30 zone.
Yes I'll send it back. Won't need i'll just move to grange over sands and moan about someone driving at 33mph in a 30 zone. Sick of moaners
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6:11pm Thu 15 Aug 13

redhairedgranny says...

@Sick of moaners - How strange that you are the only one moaning. It's time you grew up my friend. Good luck to this couple, they've earned their bus pass having lived through hard times and rationing. The money they will have spent in B&Bs or hotels and the money spent on food and drink will have helped the economies of the towns they have visited. If they still have bus passes when I'm of that age then I might just consider trying it myself. A brilliant way to meet new people.
@Sick of moaners - How strange that you are the only one moaning. It's time you grew up my friend. Good luck to this couple, they've earned their bus pass having lived through hard times and rationing. The money they will have spent in B&Bs or hotels and the money spent on food and drink will have helped the economies of the towns they have visited. If they still have bus passes when I'm of that age then I might just consider trying it myself. A brilliant way to meet new people. redhairedgranny
  • Score: 3

7:29pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Sick of moaners says...

Boring,boring,boring I don't care less if they went to the moon and back for free. Grow up? If that's all I've got to look forward to then I don't want to grow up. Should have gone to Amstardam.
Boring,boring,boring I don't care less if they went to the moon and back for free. Grow up? If that's all I've got to look forward to then I don't want to grow up. Should have gone to Amstardam. Sick of moaners
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7:42pm Thu 15 Aug 13

jazzactivist says...

Some of us did go to Amsterdam, Sick of moaners, and perhaps that's where we got our love of life! Also, some of us in Grange don't moan about people driving 33mph in a 30 zone, but I guess from your tone that you were the one doing it and got caught! Maybe when you're driving your diesel car around clogging up the roads and polluting the atmosphere you should meditate on the joys of being 65 and being driven everywhere for free on the bus. You've still got a lot to look forward to, don't spoil your life now by being a moaner.
Some of us did go to Amsterdam, Sick of moaners, and perhaps that's where we got our love of life! Also, some of us in Grange don't moan about people driving 33mph in a 30 zone, but I guess from your tone that you were the one doing it and got caught! Maybe when you're driving your diesel car around clogging up the roads and polluting the atmosphere you should meditate on the joys of being 65 and being driven everywhere for free on the bus. You've still got a lot to look forward to, don't spoil your life now by being a moaner. jazzactivist
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Thu 15 Aug 13

davidcattell says...

good on them they used the passes and had a nationwide trip and the time to do it for free i will be doing the same when i am old enough to qualify for a free bus pass remember they have paid into the system so it is now payback time
good on them they used the passes and had a nationwide trip and the time to do it for free i will be doing the same when i am old enough to qualify for a free bus pass remember they have paid into the system so it is now payback time davidcattell
  • Score: 4

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