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Arriva North East Scania OmniCity on a Moorsbus service in August 2008
Parent Friends of Moorsbus
Founded 1980 (North York Moors National Park Authority)
Headquarters Pickering
Locale North York Moors
Destinations Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside,
Operator East Yorkshire Motor Services
Moorsbus Community Interest Company

Moorsbus is a network of bus services operating to and around the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas. It was operated from the 1980s by the North York Moors National Park Authority, and linked places such as Malton, Teesside, Thirsk, York and Hull to the National Park.

The Moorsbus connected those in major towns and cities in the region with the picturesque villages and attractions of the National Park on Sundays and Bank Holidays when there were no other public transport services. The network ceased operation at the end of October 2013 following severe budgetary constraints for the North York Moors National Park Authority, its sponsor.[1]

A new but much reduced service ran on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays in 2014 after a campaign by Friends of Moorsbus. East Yorkshire Motor Services ran a service from Hull to Danby via Beverley and Pickering,[2] and the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, on behalf of the Moorsbus Community Interest Company, ran the Moors Rambler from Darlington to Pickering via Middlesbrough and Guisborough.[3]

In 2015, East Yorkshire Motor Services started their Sunday/Bank holiday service on 3 April,[4] whilst Moorsbus Community Interest Company ran two buses, covering Darlington, Teesside, Saltburn, Redcar, Guisborough, Northallerton, Thirsk, Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering, from 5 July.[5] In 2016 Moorsbus Community Interest Company is operating three buses. One route runs from Darlington via Stockton, Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Danby to Pickering (as in previous years). The service from Saltburn and Redcar operates via Guisborough, Stokesley, Northallerton and Thirsk with a new route via Coxwold, Byland Abbey and Ampleforth to Helmsley. An additional bus (provided by Ryedale Community Transport) runs from Malton, Pickering and Kirkbymoorside to provide a shuttle between Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey, with 3 return trips from Helmsley to Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. Funding for the services comes from fares, but with a substantial contribution from parish and town councils, individual passengers, Ryedale District Council, the North York Moors National Park Authority and the North Yorkshire Moors Association.<>



  1. ^ North York Moors National park to axe Moorsbus and jobs BBC News 26 July 2011
  2. ^ "EYMS Launch Moors Explore Bus Service". HU12 Online. HU12 Online. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Moorsbus celebrates successful season.". Newsquest. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Moors Explorer Timetable" (PDF). East Yorskhire Motor Services. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Moorsbus Timetables". Friends of Moorsbus. 

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