WEEKDAY SERVICES FROM AND AROUND TAVISTOCK
Our weekday services operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday when we collect passengers from around Tavistock and transport them into Bedford Square. We also run a service to Trago and Newton Abbot every first and third Wednesday in every month. For more details of these services click here or see the weekday timetables.
WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO ON SATURDAYS!
From March to December on Saturdays, we have services that travel to Exeter on the first Saturday and Truro on the second Saturday of each month. During the summer months (April to September inc.), we travel to Barnstaple on the third Saturday, to Paignton and Torquay on the fourth Saturday and to Dawlish on every fifth Saturday where there is one in the month. For more details click here and see the Saturday timetables.
Service 123 to Exeter (March to December)
TAVISTOCK – HORRABRIDGE – PRINCETOWN – POSTBRIDGE – MORETONHAMPSTEAD – EXETER
On the 1st Saturday of each month the Tavistock Country Bus, Service 123, heads east to Exeter. Our bus never takes a direct route where there is a more picturesque one and this route travels through Horrabridge, Yelverton, Princetown and on to Postbridge, with its old clapper bridge that used to be the bridge across the East Dart River. The bus will call at Bellever Bridge on request – this would make a lovely day out beside the river for a picnic and walks in the forest. The bus travels on through Moretonhampstead and finishes the route by calling at St David’s Train Station, then threading its way through Exeter centre and into the bus station. Exeter boasts a very varied shopping centre as well as the Cathedral or for the more adventurous, walks along the Exe or go down into the tunnels below the City.
The bus sets off from the bus stop outside Lawsons, Parkwood Road, Tavistock at 0905 then via Bedford Square to the Bus Station at 0910, and returns to Tavistock at 1718.
Service 119 to Truro (March to December)
TAVISTOCK – Gunnislake – Callington – Liskeard – Bodmin – St Austell – Truro
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, the Tavistock Country Bus, Service 119, heads west to Truro. The route travels through Gunnislake, Callington, Liskeard, Bodmin, Bugle and St Austell. On this route there is the opportunity to catch a train from Gunnislake or Bodmin Parkway to explore other areas of Cornwall. Once the bus reaches Truro, passengers have the opportunity to explore the shopping centre and Lemon Quay, visit the Cathedral or stroll down the River Truro. Passengers can catch a river cruise from Lemon Quay to Falmouth, depending upon timing. There is also a local bus from Truro to Falmouth.
The bus sets off from Lawsons in Parkwood Road at 0905, then via Bedford Sqaure to Tavistock Bus Station at 0910, and returns to Tavistock Bus Station at 1710.
Service 118 to Barnstaple (April to September)
TAVISTOCK – HATHERLEIGH – RHS ROSEMOOR – TORRINGTON – BIDEFORD – BARNSTAPLE
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, the Tavistock Country Bus, Service 118, heads to the historic north Devon sea port of Bideford and the ancient borough of Barnstaple. At first, the route follows the western edge of Dartmoor, with a request stop in Lydford. After calling at the attractive market town of Hatherleigh, the bus drops into the Torridge valley to stop at the RHS garden at Rosemoor. Garden enthusiasts will find a variety of gardens in this 65 acre site and can combine the trip with a visit to neighbouring Torrington, which played an important role in the English Civil War. Bideford was once Britain’s third largest port and remains an attractive town where the 24 arch Long Bridge spans the Torridge estuary. Finally, Barnstaple, on the estuary of the Taw, claims to be the oldest borough in the UK. It has a thriving pedestrianised shopping area including the Victorian Pannier Market. It is easy to get off in Bideford and pick the bus up in Barnstaple or vice versa, using the frequent bus service between the towns.
The bus sets off from Tavistock Bus Station at 0910 then via Bedford Square and on to Lawsons, Parkwood Road, Lawsons at 0915, and returns to Tavistock at 1706.
Service 111 toTorquay (April to September)
TAVISTOCK – YELVERTON – LEE MOOR – CORNWOOD – IVYBRIDGE – TOTNES – PAIGNTON - TORQUAY
On the 4th Saturday of each month the Tavistock Country Bus, Service 111, heads to Torquay. On this service we pass over the western edge of Dartmoor, passing through Cadover Bridge and calling in to the hamlets of Wotter, Lee Moor and Cornwood before reaching Ivybridge. The route then goes on through Avonwick to historical Totnes. Then it is on to Paignton, stopping off at the Zoo on the way if you so desire. From Paignton we take the coast road to Torquay where you can spend the day visiting Living Coast to see the penguins, potter around the harbourside or just sunbathe on the golden sands.
The bus sets off from Lawsonsin Parkwood Road at 0905 then via Bedford Square to Tavistock Bus Station at 0910 and returns to Tavistock at 1705.
Service 112 to Dawlish (April to September)
TAVISTOCK – PRINCETOWN –ASHBURTON – NEWTON ABBOT – DAWLISH
On the 5th Saturday of each month (where there is one), the Tavistock Country Bus, Service 112 potters out to Dawlish. The service starts in Tavistock at around 9am and crosses the moor on its trip via Newton Abbot to Dawlish. It wends its way to Princetown, via Yelverton and Dousland. It continues its picturesque journey over the moor, on to Two Bridges and Dartmeet, avoiding the bridge on the road to Postbridge where The Hairy Hands legend is fabled for forcing vehicles off the road, especially in misty conditions! The bus potters through Poundsgate and on to Ashburton and then continues into Newton Abbot with its extensive shopping centre and market. The bus leaves Newton Abbot and travels down the Teign Estuary to Teignmouth and on to Dawlish following the coast. This small seaside town is full of character and the famous black swans of Dawlish town.
The bus sets off from Parkwood Road, outside Lawsons at 0905 and then to Bedford Square and returns to Tavistock at 1710.