I had planned to go to the Saturday event at Skipton this year, this usually involved a number of Pennine Buses running on various old routes, but due to some of them being unavailable this had to be cancelled, so it was the Sunday Running Day and Bus Rally again this time, though I certainly wasn't unhappy about that. This is always an excellent event in a nice location, and the runs out to various parts of the lovely Yorkshire Dales are always enjoyable. The weather forecast was also a good one for a Crap Weather Photographer, with warnings of lots of rain, some of it heavy at times, making the prospect of a good day out even more enticing.
As is usually the case, the event was organised by the good folks at the Air Valley Transport Group (AVTG), and around 55 buses were either on display at the rally site on Coach Street, or running out to various destinations at a furious rate throughout the event. I could have happily spent the day just riding around on the various buses, but with a 2 hour bus ride to get to the town and another 2 hour ride back home again, my backside would probably go on strike if I did that, so I always limit myself to just two routes each year, which of course is a good way of encouraging me to go back again the following year. It was raining quite heavily when I arrived there, but quickly cleared up and remained fine for the next couple of hours, but around 2.30pm the skies darkened again and the heavens opened, and I was in my element for the final hour of my visit, though it was noticeable just how quickly the town centre (though not the bus event) emptied of visitors once the rains came down. All in all it was another very enjoyable day out, and I've no doubt I will be back again next year unless I'm tied up elsewhere. My thanks to all the organisers and bus owners for another great event.