Norwich Buses Blog on Holiday - Part Seven

My journey on the X93 was made by Arriva Durham County 7486
Day Seven of my Yorkshire Holiday, and the last day before the 200 mile journey home to humble Norwich. It's the last in the series from an excellent week away, though a special conclusion post will be made available on Saturday morning.

On the day I made the decision to head to Whitby, after hearing a number of good things about the area. I used Arriva Durham County service X93 on one of the short journeys which operate during summer from Scarborough to Whitby. Quite quickly, the X93 became my favourite bus route I have ever travelled on. It's breathtaking; at one point, we were climbing a 17% steepness hill through the North Yorkshire Moors, then dropping down to the beautiful Robin Hood's Bay, before a ride over New Bridge - offering excellent views of Whitby Town and of the historical Abbey. The ride took just over an hour, but felt like little more over ten minutes.

Arriving at Whitby Bus Station, it was quite clear that it is an Arriva Town. Both Park and Ride services, the X93 through the town and a small network of services for surrounding housing areas are all run by the German-owned operator. The Sapphire brand also runs into Whitby - more on that is found later in the report.

One of two vehicles used on the Whitby Town Tour, pictured here
at the abbey turning circle on the South Cliff.
What better way to see the area than a ride on the local open top bus? With a requirement of two vehicles, the service - operated by locally based Coastal and Country Coaches - sure is a popular one. The hour long tour takes passengers along the harbour front, over New Bridge, around the Town Centre and up the cliff to the Abbey Ruins. Catching up with my family later in the day, the cost of the tour all in all was just £15 for four - a very reasonable cost, which is unlimited for the rest of the day. Notably, Dolphin Travel's open topper UWW2X was acquired from the tour operator. In the opposite direction, former Sanders Plaxton Beaver 2 bodied Mercedes Benz O813D Vario 703 YN09LME is with Coastal and Country regularly operating town services.

Every Wednesday, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer peak, Coastal and Country operate daily vintage coach services - with no booking required - on a three hour tour of "Heartbeat Country" from Whitby Town Centre. The vehicle used is a beautifully restored Duple Vega bodied Bedford SBG. It appears too to be rather popular, especially with the visitors on coach holidays in the area.

One of Arriva's high specification Sapphire branded Streelites
One final notable operation in Whitby is the highly regarded Arriva Sapphire brand. The Whitby operation, again run by Arriva Durham County, is at the hands of a fleet of Wright Streetlites built to an exacting standard of eLeather seating, three point and USB charging sockets and free WiFi. A half-hourly service on the 4 is provided to Loftus, where a connection can be made to the X4 for Saltburn, Redcar and Middlesborough. Unfortunately, time didn't permit to test out Sapphire but a peek inside one of the buses gave an overall good first impression.

Time came around faster than expected, and a homeward journey was made ready for the even longer journey home the following day!
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About Kieran Smith

Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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