After making my first visit to last year's Bus Running Day at Skipton I enjoyed it so much that I was determined not to miss the 2017 event if I could help it. It was a good decision, as the event was every bit as enjoyable, and this is certainly one of the better organised events that I've been to. With the action pretty much non-stop all day, and with some eleven routes being used, you didn't have to wait very long if you were wanting to have a ride out somewhere. As per usual the event was run by the Aire Valley Transport Group, and a great selection of around 38 buses and coaches were either in service or on display at the appropriately named Coach Street site, and of course with so many services being run there was plenty of photographic opportunities at locations other than the bus station and Coach Street site, so great news for us photters. I had planned to spend a bit more time riding this year, which I did, though with having a 2 hour bus ride to get there, and another 2 hour ride back home again, I decided that it wouldn't be too good for my poor backside to spend all of my time sitting down and riding around! :-)
Will I be back again next year, if it's on you bet I will, this has quickly become one of my favourite events, not least because it's in such a nice area and Skipton is a place that is always worth visiting at any time of the year. The group also have a Pennine Buses Running Day on the day before as well, and whilst that prospect of attending that one as well was tempting, I wasn't over keen on making the 4 hour return bus trip there twice in two days.
A first class event and one I would certainly recommend, and my thanks go to all the organisers, volunteers and bus owners for allowing us to ride on their precious heritage buses, a privilege that I always appreciate. If the event is there next year you can be sure that I will be as well.