Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Trip to Fenton / Birches Head 18-07-2017
















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SJ08 RCFFentonBirches HeadCharterLucky Seven


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw First Potteries 63176 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Christchurch Street and up to the day centre where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton


YB14 HDG in Fenton


Lucky Seven SJ08 RCF in Fenton

Monday, 17 July 2017

Trip to Meir / Newcastle 17-07-2017
















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DA54 FSKFentonMeirCharterRoseville
DA54 FSKMeirFentonCharterRoseville


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service We saw D&G Bus 32 on a 'The Orange One' to Newcastle.


D&G 32 in Fenton
At 09:00 we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre, where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked up.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went for a walk around Fenton. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we went into the Co-operative Food store and Matthew had a can of Coke. We walked back out onto Christchurch Street and onto Masterson Street. to Smithpool Road. We crossed over the railway line and we went into the park. After a walk around the lido we returned onto Smithpool Road. We turned right onto Masterson Street and We turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over the square and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had a ham sandwich followed by a Bakewell tart. In the afternoon Matthew went to The Crescent Centre on Roseville DA54 FSK.


First Potteries 63101 in Fenton


First Potteries 67603 in Fenton


R722 MVV in Newcastle

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Trip to Fenton / Hanley 15-07-2017
















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66845Fenton, opp Victoria SquareHanley BS6First Potteries
63173Hanley BSFenton, opp Victoria Square6First Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. Across the road we saw First Potteries 32648 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. City Road. We walked up to the roundabout and around the corner onto Victoria Road to wait for the bus. Whilst we waited for the next First Potteries bus we saw First Potteries 66845 on a #6 to Hanley.


First Potteries 66845 in Fenton


D&G 164 in Hanley


First Potteries 32649 in Hanley


First Potteries 67638 in Hanley


First Potteries 67643 in Hanley


First Potteries 63173 in Hanley

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Trip to Fenton / Hanley 12-07-2017
















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65026Fenton, Sixth Form CollegeHanley BS6First Potteries
63101Hanley BSFenton, opp Victoria Square6First Potteries
67155Fenton, Fenton ManorFenton, Adj Railway Bridge23AFirst Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going out on the bus later. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. Across the road we saw First Potteries 67634 on a #11 to Hanley. At 09:00 we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre, where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked up.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went out on the bus.


Copeland's Tours MIB 520 in Fenton


First Potteries 65026 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once we got off the bus


First Potteries 42553 in Hanley


YD63 VZP in Hanley


First Potteries 63101 in Hanley
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. One off the bus we set off on foot onto City Road and we turned left into Glebedale Road. When we got back to the day centre. In the afternoon

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Trip to Fenton / Birches Head 11-07-2017
















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32647Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley, Lichfield Street6AFirst Potteries
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63173Church Street, StokeBenitlee, Devonshire Square11First Potteries
63172Benitlee, Devonshire SquareHanley, Lichfield Street11AFirst Potteries
63179Hanley, Lichfield StreetStoke, adj stop P6AFirst Potteries
GJ11 ZXVBirches HeadFentonCharterLucky Seven


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw red minibus YN52 MZF.


YN52 MZF in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning went to Hanley on the bus. We set off on foot onto Glebedale Road and across City Road. At the top we went around the corner onto Victoria Road to wait for the bus at the bus stop. A few minutes later the bus turned up and it was unusually First Potteries 32647 on a #6A to Hanley.


First Potteries 32647 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we went upstairs. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once we got off the bus we went inside the bus station to wait for the next #23 to Stoke. Whilst we waited we decided to walk into town to visit Wright's Pies We set off on foot onto Tontine Street and we walked up to the square where the pie shop was situated. From the shop Matthew had a Manchester Tart. We walked back along Tontine Street down through Hanley to the Brewers Fayre pub. Matthew had a burger and fries followed by by a lemon meringue pie. Matthew had a drink of Coke and then went to the toilet. We walked back up to Stafford Street and we went back to the bus station. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67159 on a #21 to Trentham.


First Potteries 67159 in Hanley bus station
A few minutes later we spotted First Potteries 41499 on a #23 to Newstead, which we decided to do. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran part the railway station before going right onto Glebe Street. After a brief stop we continued forwards onto Glebe Street where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus. We set off along Glebe Street and we walked around the corner onto Church Street to the One Stop Shop. We couldn't get a bus pass here so we went to Bentilee. We crossed the road to wait for the next #11. A few minutes later it appeared and it was First Potteries 63173 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63173 in Stoke
We got on the bus and we booked to Bentilee before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Church Street and we crossed over the A500. We ran under the railway line and we climbed up the hill and over the old railway line to Leek. We ran through Foley and we under the railway line into Longton town centre. We stopped outside the old job centre as the #11 no longer calls in the Interchange. We ran up Market Street and we turned left onto Anchor Road. We turned right onto Sutherland Road and we passed blue minibus GN03 MTZ. We turned left onto Weston Coyney Road and we ran up the bank. half way up the bank we turned left onto Farnworth Road. we jinked onto Lindburn Road and we ran to the end turning right onto Amison Street. At the end of the street we turned right onto Anchor Road. We ran up the hill to the top and ran down to the roundabout in Adderley Green. At the roundabout at the East end of Bentilee we turned right onto Beverley Drive and then left onto Dawlish Drive. We ran to the end and we turned left onto Beverley Drive where we got up and got off the bus. We walked down to the Bentilee neighbourhood Centre and we got a bus pass from there. Once we had the bus pass we returned to the road to catch a bus to Hanley. A few minutes later it appeared and it was First Potteries 63172 on a #11A to Hanley.


First Potteries 63172 in Bentilee
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off up Beverley Drive At the end we turned right onto Dividy Road and we ran down the hill to Bucknall. We turned left onto the A52 and we ran to limekiln lights and we went across onto Bucknall New Road. We climbed the hill up to Hanley and we joined the clockwise ring road. We ran around to Lichfield Street and we turned right to pull up outside the stop adjacent to the bus station. We got up and got off the bus and we walked into the bus station. Once we got off the bus we walked down to the Smithfield to go a get a bus pass. We walked down Adventure place and past the museum to the new building. We were finally able to get a bus pass. We crossed over the ring road and we went to the shop on the corner of Hinde Street car park and we went to the pet shop to see some animals. Afterwards we went to Hanley Museum to see the natural history display. We then returned onto Bethesda Street and up John Street to the bus station. Matthew went to the toilet in the bus station. We waited at the stand out the bus station to catch a bus to Fenton. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63179 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge.


First Potteries 63179 in Hanley
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. One off the bus we set off on foot onto City Road and we turned left into Glebedale Road. When we got back to the day centre. When it was time to go back to the residential unit Matthew set off on foot onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew then chilled out in his room on his computer and watching buses out of the window we saw Destination Courtesy Travel YE17 AHA. Matthew had toast and can of Coke. tea was chicken nuggets and beans followed by Chocolate cake and custard. Matthew went to the room to watch buses whilst we saw Leek Link minibus YX53 CYZ.


Leek Link YX53 CYZ in Fenton
Matthew went on his computer for a while and then he went out to the disco in a Lucky Seven taxi. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road onto Manor Street and we ran ran to the end. We turned left onto Victoria road and we ran down the hill to Joiners sqaure. we crossed over the roundabout and onto Lichfield Street. We turned right onto Westmill Street. We turned left onto the A52 and we ran into Bucknall. We went forwards onto the A5009 and through Abbey Hulton. We turned left into Birches Head Road and to our destination. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a drink of Coke. Matthew did some dancing until it was time to return to the residential unit. Transport back was Lucky Seven minibus GJ11 ZXV.


Lucky Seven GJ11 ZXV in Birches Head
We set off onto Birches Head Road and we turned right onto the A5009. We ran through Abbey Hulton and into Bucknall. We ran forwards onto the A52 and at joiners Square we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran up the hill and we turned right into Manor Street. We turned right onto City Road and then left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. When Matthew got back he went up to his room. He used his computer and watched music videos on the Television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Trip to Fenton / Hanley 10-07-2017
















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67157Fenton, adj Travers CourtHanley BS23First Potteries
67157Hanley BSFenton, Smithpool Road23AFirst Potteries
67603Hanley, Clifford StreetHanley BS6AFirst Potteries
65035Hanley BSFenton, adj Adrian Street6First Potteries


Today Matthew was in Blurton and he was going to his day service. Later on he was returning to the residential unit. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. we set off through Blurton along Beaconsfield Drive we saw Stanton's of Stoke minibus CN59 AJU. and right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Blurton Road and we stopped at the Blurton Road. We travelled up Heron Cross and we turned left into Grove Road. We ran down into Stoke and forwards onto the A500. We ran North to Shelton New Road We turned left onto Etruscan Street and we stopped at the food van for breakfast. Matthew had a breakfast and 1/2 a bacon & cheese toastie followed by a can of Coke. Once we had finished eating we went back down Etruscan Road onto Shelton New Road. We joined the Southbound A500 and we ran down to Stoke. We came off the A500 onto City Road and we saw D&G Bus 136 on 'The Orange One' service to Meir. We continued up City Road under the railway line up to Smithpool Road and we turned right. We turned left onto Temple Street and into the residential unit. Matthew dropped of his things and then said goodbye to mum. We set off on foot onto City Road and we walked down to the stop by Travers Court. The bus appear and it was First Potteries 67157 on a #23 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down City Road and we joined the A52 to go under the railway line and over the A500. We continued onto Church Street and into the centre of Stoke. After a brief stop we continued around the one-way system onto Elenora Steet and right onto Copeland street. We turned left onto Glebe Street and we went under the railway line before turning left onto Station Road. We went past the railway station ans we turned right onto College Road. After running the hill through Shelton we continued onto Cleveland Road and forwards onto Regent Road. We turned left onto Lower Bethesda Street and we crossed over the ring road onto Bethesda Street. We turned right onto John Street and we saw Stanton's of Stoke VK61 BVG on a #61 to Bradeley Village. We entered the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we set off on foot onto Lichfield Street and we turned right onto Old Hall Street. We walked through the town centre and just before the Intu Potteries shopping centre we turned right onto Huntbach Street. We crossed over the ring road and we walked up the hill to the dentist. Matthew had a check-up and then set off back through Hanley. On the way back we stopped at the Pound bakery to p[ick up a can of dandelion & burdock. We continued back to the bus station. In the bus station we saw First Potteries 41498 on a #6 to Weston Coyney.


First Potteries 41498 in Hanley bus station
A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 67157 on a #23A to Newstead.


First Potteries 67157 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran part the railway station before going right onto Glebe Street. After a brief stop we continued forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the road around onto Church Street. We crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill we turned right onto Smithpool Road where we got up and got off the bus. We then walked up Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre, where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked up.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
For dinner Matthew had a ham sandwich & chips followed by cake. In the afternoon Matthew watched a DVD. When it was time to go back to the residential unit Matthew set off on foot onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and watched buses. Grandma & Grandad came to visit and they brought a can of Irn Bru and some mini Battenburg cakes. For tea Matthew had chicken & rice. Matthew then went out to catch a bus to Hanley. We set of on foot onto City Road and we crossed over onto Manor Street. At the end of the street we turned left onto Victoria Road. We saw First Potteries 63173 on a #6 to Weston Coyney.


First Potteries 63173 in Fenton
We walked down the hill to Joiners Square and we crossed over the roundabout onto Lichfield Street. We walked half way up the road and we stopped at the bus stop. We saw it was First Potteries 67603 on a #6A to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We pulled up at the stand outside the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. Once we had got off the bus we walked to the top of Lichfield Street and left onto Stafford Street where we saw First Potteries 65003 on a #18 to Leek.


First Potteries 65003 in Hanley bus station
We continued onto Percy Street and we went to the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Once we had finished in the pub we walked back down to Stafford Street and we went to the Premier shop where Matthew had a can of Coke. We walked back along Stafford Street to Lichfield Street and back to the bus station. We waited for a bus back to Fenton. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 65035 on a #6 to Weston Coyney.


First Potteries 65035 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we set off on foot up Victoria Road and we went sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Christchurch Street and we turned right onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out. He used his computer and watched music videos on the Television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Trip to Macclesfield / Wilmslow 08-07-2017























































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706Macclesfield BSMoss Rose, Cornbrook Road9Arriva NW&W
706Moss Rose, Cornbrook RoadMacclesfield BS9Arriva NW&W
2936Macclesfield BSAlderley Edge, Nat West Bank130Arriva NW&W
2932Alderley Edge, Clifton StreetWilmslow, Alderley Road(W bound)130Arriva NW&W
2932Wilmslow, Alderley Road(E bound)Macclesfield BS130Arriva NW&W
293Macclesfield BSBroken Cross, The Cross Potato19High Peak
2930Broken Cross, adj Turners Arms PHMacclesfield BS130Arriva NW&W


Today we decided to re-visit Macclesfield. WE had heard through various sources that there was going to be a special launch party for the new Mellor bodied minibuses there were going to operating Arriva North West services in Macclesfield. It was also close enough to home that we could go and visit the Churnet Valley Railway later on as it was the Rail Ale Trail weekend on the railway. We had checked the weather for today and it was for dry warm weather with some sunshine. We had also seen a promotion for 'Catch the bus week' that if you use the Arriva M-ticket app you could have an Arriva NW Day Saver ticket this week for just £1 using the promo code ctbw. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Just after 12:00 we set off onto the A5035 turning left towards Dresden. We ran up the hill into Longton and we crossed over the A50 before joining the Eastbound carriageway. We came off the A50 at Meir and we turned right onto the A520. We ran North through Cellarhead and Wetley Rocks and into Cheddleton. We continued up the hill and down the other side into Leekbrook and under the railway line up to Ipstones. We ran up the hill and towards Leek town centre. We travelled 'straight outta Compton' and across the traffic lights into St Edwards Street. We parked up on the street and we walked to the end and we saw Leek Link SF04 RGY. We ate at the Wetherspoons pub on the corner. After going to the toilet Matthew had a chicken burger and chips washed down with a glass of Coke. Once we had finished eating we walked back to the car and we continued our journey up to Macclesfield. We set off along St Edwards Street and we turned left onto the A523. We ran down the hill past Sainsburys and then up the hill towards Rudyard lake and through Rushton Spencer. We continued through Bosley over the A54 and into Macclesfield. We passed the Moss Rose football stadium and we ran into town. We joined the A536 and we made a wrong turning into Park Lane. We did a u-turn and we ran down to Sutherland Street. We ran past the railway station and then we turned right under the railway. We turned left onto the A523 and as we ran North we a our first glompse of one of the new buses. We saw Arriva NW&W 4705 on an unidentified service. and we turned left onto the A536 at the next junction. We turned left onto Jordangate and we past Arriva NW&W 4704 running out of service going away from the town hall. We ran down towards the town hall where we parked up. We said goodbye to mum and we set off towards the town hall. By the time we got there it appears that the buses had all gone! We walked down Church Street and then back up the hill along Queen Victoria Street. When we got to the bus station we were just in time to see Howards SN65 OHJ on a #27 to Knutsford.


Howards SN65 OHJ in Macclesfield bus station
There was a flurry of bus activity at the bus station but all the buses were High Peak buses We saw High Peak 294 on a #11 to Kerridge. We also saw required Arriva NW&W Solo 700 on a #3 Weston circular service and required Arriva NW&W Solo 706 on a #9 Moss Rose estate circular.


Arriva NW&W 706 in Macclesfield bus station
We decided to catch Arriva NW&W Solo 706 so we got on the bus and we flashed the m-ticket phone app to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. Whilst we were waiting to depart we saw required Arriva NW&W 4703 on a #4 to Upton Priory. We also saw required Arriva NW&W 2930 n a #130 to Wilmslow. The bus set off out off the bus station onto Mill Street. We ran down onto Park Green and we went straight across the traffic lights onto the A536. We ran out of town and onto the A523 continuing Southwards. We turned right into Coronation Street and at the end we turned left onto High Street. We then turned right onto Maple Avenue. After turning left onto Coppice Rise we turned left onto Robin Hood Avenue. At the end we turned right onto Western Avenue and left onto Parkgate Road. At the end we turned left onto Moss Lane we passed behind the back of the Mose Rose football Stadium as we started to head back towards Macclesfield. We re-joined the a523 and we ran Northwards back into town. At the traffic light we went left onto Sutherland Street and then left onto Waters Green. We continued onto Queen Victoria Street and we climbed the hill up to the bus station. When we got on stand we let the bus empty. We got up and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 706 before we got off it.


Inside Arriva NW&W 706
Once we got off the bus we waited at the north end of the bus station watching buses come into the bus station whilst we decided what to catch next. We saw required High Peak Solo 281 on a #60 to Hayfield.


High Peak 281 in Macclesfield bus station
We also saw required High Peak 293 on a #19 to Prestbury.


High Peak 293 in Macclesfield bus station
A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 3160 on a #38 to Crewe.


Arriva NW&W 3160 in Macclesfield bus station
We walked into the bus station with the intention of catching Arriva NW&W 3160 towards Congleton and whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service required Arriva NW&W 2936 came into the bus station on a #130 to Manchester.


Arriva NW&W 2936 in Macclesfield bus station
We decided to do the Manchester bus Northwards towards Alderley Edge so we got onto Arriva NW&W 2930 ans we flashed the Arriva m-tickets on our phones to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and across Mill Street onto Roe Street. We turned right onto Chuchill Way and we ran North up to King Edwards Street where we turned left. We ran forwards onto Chester Road and then we turned right onto Cumberland Street. At the roundabout we went Westwards along Victoria Road before turning into the hospital grounds. We continued Westwards towards Broken Cross and then we joined the Westbound A537. We ran fast for a few miles and then at Monk's Heath we turned right onto the SA34. We ran North for just over 1/2 a mile and then we turned right onto Congleton Road to run into Alderley Edge. After a couple of miles we came into the centre of the village and we got up and got off the bus. The plan had been to get off the bus and cross over and catch a bus straight back but \Matthew had other ideas... He decided he wanted the toilet so we walked off the main street onto George Street. We returned back onto the main road via South Street and West Street. We saw that the mini Waitrose supermarket has a cafe so we assume correctly that there would be a toilet. The toilet was occupied so we decided to do some shopping first. Matthew brought a couple of small bottles of Coke and a chocolate bar. We went back to the toilet only to find someone just going in. We waited our turn and then Matthew used the facilities. We walked back onto the main street to see when the next bus was due. We looked at the stop on the Wilmslow bound side and we were just checking times, but Matthew decided to sit down and refused to move. Apparently we were going further North! There was another guy at the bus stop which we assumed was waiting for the bus. We was actually waiting to photograph supercars! A few minutes later he was joined by a few of his mates. Not sure if he was just interested in cars or he was paparazzi! There were photographing expensive cars and Matthew took a picture of a battered old Polish minibus! The bus turned up just as another supercar came down the high street. It was required Arriva NW&W 2932 on a #130 to Wilmslow.


Arriva NW&W 2932 in Alderley Edge
We nearly didn't get the bus as the driver thought we were with the paps so nearly went off! We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva m-ticket app to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set of Northwards up the B5359 and we crossed over the railway line. We went through Fulshaw Park we continued into Wilmslow and as we left Alderley Road we got up and got off the bus. In front of us at the same stop was D&G Bus 101 on a #88 to Knutsford.


D&G 101 in Wilmslow
We knew that we would be returning on the same bus once it had been for a spin around time, but in the meantime we could go to the Tesco shop around the corner...At last a normal shop! Mathew brought a bottle of orange Fanta a a few chocolate bars on the 3 for £1.20 offer. We went back to the bus stop and Matthew drank a small bottle of Cola and had a double Milky Way. A few minutes later as expected we saw Arriva NW&W 2932 on the #130 service to Macclesfield.


Arriva NW&W 2932 in Wilmslow
We set off Southwards onto Alderley Road and down towards Fulshaw park. We continued South passing required Arriva NW&W 2951 on a #130 Manchester, which we would have done had we gone straight back towards Macclesfield when we got off in Alderley Edge. We ran into Alderley Edge before running around 2 miles onto onto the A34. At Monk's Heath crossroad we turned left onto the A537 and we ran Eastwards to Broken Cross. At the roundabout we veered leftwards onto Fallibroome Road. We continued onto Victoria Road and we went past the hospital. We ran into town along Chester Road and Chestergate and turned right into Churchill Way. We turned left onto the A536 and we ran into the bus station via Sutherland Street, waters Green and Queen Victoria Street. When we got to the bus station we left the bus empty before we got up. Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2932 before we got off it.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2932
Once off the bus we saw High Peak 293 on a #19 to Prestbury.


High Peak 293 in Macclesfield bus station
Matthew decided he was doing this bus before we had even found out where it was going, so he jumped on and sat down. I explained the situation to the driver and we worked out between us that we could do the bus to Broken Cross for a #130 back into town. We purchased singles at £2 each which was Okay as we had saved money on buying the Arriva Day ticket. We set off out of the bus station and we went down Mill Street onto park Green. We turned left onto the A536 and we ran Westwards out of town for around a 1/4 of a mile. We turned northwards up Bond Street and we ran Northwards to Chestergate. We ran Westwards along Chester Road and forwards onto the A537. We continued along the road for around a mile and as we approached the roundabout we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of High Peak 293 as it carried on towards Prestbury.


High Peak 293 in Broken Cross
We crossed over the road and we sat at the stop to wait for the bus. The bus was due around 17:25 but it appeared to be a little late. There were traffic lights along the road and we think this was delaying traffic coming into town. Whilst we waited we white minibus WA51 YXD.


WA51 YXD in Broken Cross
A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 2930 on a #130 to Macclesfield.


Arriva NW&W 2930 in Broken Cross
We got on the bud and we flashed the Arriva m-ticket app to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. At the roundabout we veered leftwards onto Fallibroome Road. We continued onto Victoria Road and we went past the hospital. We ran into town along Chester Road and Chestergate and turned right into Churchill Way. We turned left onto the A536 and we ran into the bus station via Sutherland Street, waters Green and Queen Victoria Street. When we got to the bus station we left the bus empty before we got up. Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2930 before we got off it.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2930
Once we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2930 as it ran out of service back to the depot.


Arriva NW&W 2930 in Macclesfield bus station
Mum had texted us to day that she had move the car adjacent to Park Green. We walked down MIll Street and we turned left onto Park Green. Matthew wanted to go to toilet so we took him to the disabled toilet in the block by the traffic lights. Once he had done we walked onto park Green and we saw required Arriva NW&W 2934 running empty.


Arriva NW&W 2934 in Macclesfield
We went back to the car and mum was waiting for us with Greggs sausage rolls and a can of Irn Bru for Matthew. We set off out of town onto the A523. As we left town we followed Arriva NW&W 3160 which running empty back to the Arriva Macclesfield outstation. We also saw Roy McCarty coach YA65 BMZ. The Arriva bus turned right down a lane and went straight towards Bosley. Just after the crossroads we passed Aimee's Solo MX04 VLP going towards Macclesfield. We ran through Rushton Spencer and Rudyards and we came into the North West corner of Leek. We turned right into St Edwards Street. At the end of St Edwards Street I saw an old work colleague just randomly walking along the street. We papped and waved as we went through the light into Compton. We ran through Leekbrook and into Cheddleton and we stopped for chips. Whilst parked up we saw First Potteries 65026 running empty back towards the depot. Matthew had sausage chips and gravy. We continued to Wetley Rocks and we veered left onto the A522. We continued to the A52 and we ran Eastwards into Froghall. The rail Ale Trail was going on at the Churney Valley Railway so we decided to stop there for a while. As we entered the car park we saw minibus Y367 BGD about to leave. At the other end of the car park we saw Paul's of Stoke coach M20 BUS.


Paul's of Stoke M20 BUS in Froghall


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