A bus route which takes passengers from the bustling Sheffield Interchange and along the winding roads of the Peak District to Castleton has been rated one of the best.
The journey on board the number 272 is described in new book which explores Britain from the top deck.
Bus-Pass Britain Rides Again sees writers reveal their favourite routes and tries to demonstrate that bus journeys can be wonderful adventures.
Scientist Ian Packham, from Croydon, London, takes his journey to Castleton on a First service, and is surprised to find his bus used more by villagers than tourists.
He describes in detail the changing landscape he sees along his journey.
From the Sheffield Interchange which gives ‘no sense of the freedom to come’ to the ‘welcoming atmosphere’ of Ecclesall Road, Ian makes his way through Dore and onto Hathersage Road.
He writes: “The cream stones of Sheffield are swapped for the greens, browns and purples of the Peak District.
“The simplicity of the bus route allows me to examine the open landscapes that surround the vehicle. My seat on the top deck gives a unique, even unusual, perspective on rolling heathlands and the limestone outcrops of Hope Valley.”
Ian’s journey continues over Padley Gorge, through Hathersage and down to Bradwell.
About his arrival in Castleton, he writes: “For me the contrasting vertical structures, old and new, demonstrate the enduring struggle we have in this crowded country between maintaining our open spaces and providing the jobs and materials we need for our cities. It’s this very clash between the countryside around Castleton and the city of Sheffield that the 272 helps to highlight.”