Return of Moorsbus boost for Cleveland Way Walkers

30th June 2016

Great news for Cleveland Way Walkers!  Moorsbus returns again this year, with more services, some of which will be of great value in connecting walkers to the Trail. 

Thanks to the backing of its passengers and local parish councils, some support funding from the North York Moors National Park and in association with Ryedale Community Transport, a new direct bus service will pick up train passengers from York or further afield at Malton railway station and take them on a day out to remember in the North York Moors National Park, returning them to Malton in good time for their train home.

For Cleveland Way walkers, the new services between Helmlsey, Rievaulx Abbey and Sutton Bank will be especially useful.  The Helmsley to Rievaulx link is brilliant because it is regular, with 14 journeys a day.

This will give visitors a chance to enjoy  a “buswalk” – a round trip to the Abbey by walking in one direction along the beautiful Cleveland Way National Trail and travelling by bus in the other direction.  You can get details of this walk and download a walk leaflet from our Top Ten Experiences website

Direct buses will link Darlington, Stockton and Middlesbrough to the heart of the Moors at Danby and Pickering, including an interchange facility at Guisborough providing access to the full range of Moorsbus destinations.

Following a successful launch in 2015, Moorsbus will also link Saltburn, Redcar, Stokesley, Northallerton railway station and Thirsk with Byland Abbey, Helmsley and Bilsdale.

An all new great value Moors Rover ticket allowing unlimited travel on all Moorsbus services for the day for just £8 will be available from bus drivers on the day of travel. Moors Rover tickets can also be bought and used on Arriva’s 5, 63, 81 and X93 services along the coast. 

Moors Rover tickets will also be valid on Scarborough and District’s hourly 128 bus between Thornton Dale, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley, and on East Yorkshire’s ‘Moors Explorer’ bus between Thornton Dale, Pickering, Hutton-le-Hole and Danby on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 24 July to 29 August 2016. English concessionary travel passes are fully valid for travel on all Moorsbus and connecting services, except the ME1.

Three years ago a group of volunteers saved the Moorsbus service from withdrawal, with the aim of creating an affordable transport system around the North York Moors and surrounding areas to allow people to travel without a car. Thanks to support from regular passengers, charity grants and fundraising, the Moorsbus network has steadily grown to reach more communities, benefiting local people as well as those visiting the area.

Timetables, fares and routes are all available online at:, while printed Moorsbus guides are also available from libraries, tourist information centres and transport information offices in areas served by Moorsbus.  The timetable is also available to download on this page.

Helen Gundry of the Friends of Moorsbus said: “These services bring hundreds of visitors into the area, many of whom either don’t have a car, or want to take a linear ‘buswalk’ in the Moors. Only Moorsbus can give that freedom to explore, while at the same time putting thousands of pounds in tourism spending into the local economy.”


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