Bucket Loads of Fun by Bus This Summer in Cornwall (ad)
With Cornwalls rugged beauty, hidden coves and secluded rural villages comes its own challenges. Driving around the county is not everyones favourite past times with narrow lanes and windy roads. Then comes the parking charges that add on to your daily budget; that is of course, if you don’t chose to take the bus! Taking a bus isn’t just a luxury for towns and cities, Cornwall actually has a fantastic bus network to get you around the best spots to explore. We headed out to enjoy the buses for a day and I chose to take on West Cornwall, one of the most difficult places to explore, just to put it to the test as much as possible.
We chose to start our explores in Penzance, somewhere with an abundance of places to visit and also a popular base location for visitors. The train ends here in Penzance so it’s often a good spot to aim to stay if you intend to travel from London or surrounding areas. From Penzance, you can catch many bus routes around the area including their brilliant open top buses.
We started our route by using the open top Lands End Coaster. This service covers a circular route covering popular destinations Penzance, Lands End and St Ives, stopping in an abundance of fantastic harder to reach places including Porthcurno, Zennor, St Just and Treen. We took the bus from Penzance to Treen which took roughly 30 minutes and was a beautiful journey. Treen is a tiny little hamlet which may seem underwhelming at first, but from here you are only a short walk from Penberth and Pedn Vounder, two very popular and stunning locations. We also decided to grab breakfast here at the adorable cafe, Farm & Fort.
After a lovely explore of Treen and the coastline, we took the Lands End Coaster in the opposite direction, back to Penzance. From Penzance, we took the 16A route out to Zennor. You can catch the Coaster again and continue to Zennor, but we wanted to test as many routes as we could and this one was more direct to Zennor. The bus stop is right by the village and no visit to Zennor is complete without a stop off at Moomaid for an ice cream! You can also wander to the coast path easily from the village and it’s one of my most favourite stretches in the whole county.
After catching the bus back to Penzance, our final route for the day was to Mousehole. The Mousehole bus runs between Penzance and Mousehole every 20 minutes, including on Sundays. The route stops off at Newlyn en route and is scenic and speedy. In no time at all, you’re dropped off perfectly by the harbour, ready for a good explore of one of Cornwalls most beautiful towns. There’s plenty of fantastic eateries here as well as a tidal pool, gift shops, harbour for a dip and beautiful walks.
When finished with our explore, it was back on the Mousehole bus and back in Penzance. We had so much fun riding the bus, something we’ll absolutely be doing more of going forward. Every service we tried was on time, a pleasure to ride and a brilliant way to hunt out these quieter spots. Riding the bus has a lot of benefits including reducing congestion in these rural areas, saving on parking, enjoying the ride and giving you the freedom to hop off wherever takes your fancy.
What is even better, is Transport For Cornwall have capped all single fairs to a maximum of £2 until October. You can find inspiration for your own routes and further details at the Bucket Loads of Fun website here.