Bus Timetables
Thursday September 19, 2019

Coxwold Village - Pastures and Moors

Coxwold lies on three different bus routes.
The principal route, 31X, runs from Helmsley, eight miles north-east of the Village, through Coxwold to Easingwold (six miles south) then on to York.  The route is currently operated by Reliance Motor Services.  From Helmsley to York there are three services each day Monday to Friday and on Saturdays a fourth service runs Helmsley to Easingwold.  Additional services run between Easingwold and York.  There is no Sunday service.  The journey time from Coxwold to York is about 40 minutes and to Helmsley is just half an hour.  Here is a summary timetable: a more detailed version can be found on Reliance Motor Services' website where you can also download a .pdf of the whole timetable.
31X  Helmsley - Coxwold - Easingwold - York

Helmsley 0920 1240 1600 1715
Coxwold 0947 1304 1630 1739
Easingwold 1005 1320 1650 1754
York Station Avenue 1033 1348 1720* -
York Exhibition Sq. 1038 1352 1726* -
*S arrives Exhibition Sq 1722 via Bootham
31X York - Easingwold - Coxwold - Helmsley
York Station Avenue - - 0928 1013 1348 1352 1533
York Exhibition Sq. - - 0945 1025 1400 1400 1545
Easingwold  0745 0800 1010 1050 1425 1425 1610
Coxwold 0800 0815 1025 1105 1440 1440 1625
Helmsley  0834 0849 1052 1132 1505 1508 1653

MF: Monday to Friday term-time  S: Saturdays and non-school days
The second route is Route 59 and is  a 'circular' route, running from Thirsk Market place through local villages and back to Thirsk.  It runs Mondays and Fridays only.  The full day-by-day timetable can be found on the web page of the operator, North Yorkshire County Council.

59 Thirsk - Coxwold - Thirsk

Thirsk Market Place 1000 1200
Coxwold Fauconberg Arms 1020 1240
Coxwold Church 1040 1300
Thirsk Market Place 1100 1320
The third route is the the Moorsbus M5 service which will serve Coxwold every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 5th May - 29th September 2019.  The bus will stop outside the Fauconberg Arms at 10.57, bringing visitors from Northallerton and Thirsk, then continuing on to Byland Abbey, Ampleforth and Helmsley.  From Helmsley there are connecting services to a variety of nice places, including Sutton Bank, Pickering, Hutton-le-Hole, and Danby North York Moors National Park Centre.

Moorsbus moorland 2cxYou can return via Thirsk mid-afternoon, arriving back at 13.14 or 15.31 (the bus does a circular route going down Sutton Bank), or wait for the return from Helmsley via Byland again, leaving Helmsley at 16.30 and arriving at Coxwold at 16.53.

Moorsbus accepts ENCTS bus passes, and has reasonable local fares.  There is also an all-day £9.50 ticket that can be used on all the connecting services.  Up to four children travel free if accompanied by a fare-paying adult.  For ENCTS passengers wanting to support expansion of the Moorsbus services, there is a "Donate Ticket - not valid for travel", but you need to swipe your pass as well.  Dogs are welcome, but not on seats.

Moorsbus is organised by hardworking volunteers from Moorsbus Community Interest Company and from Friends of Moorsbus.  Moorsbus CIC arranges contracts with bus companies and fundraises to cover the costs.  Fares and pass income cover between 25% and 50% of the bus costs.  The National Park Authority stopped their whole Moorsbus network in 2013, and Moorsbus CIC started again from scratch and have gradually increased the network each year, with the help of donations from many passengers, parishes, and other organisations.  Further information can be found at www.moorsbus.org.  A full network timetable can be obtained by sending a S.A.E to Friends of Moorsbus, 4 Foundry Cottages, Wrelton, Pickering YO18 8PF.

2019 has seen yet more reductions in bus services in North Yorkshire.  Local bus routes are under constant threat from operators who face increasing fuel and insurance costs, and from local authorities which continue to review the subsidies paid to operators in their areas.  The best way to keep local bus services going is to use the buses as much as possible - 'use it or lose it' is never more true than when applied to local buses.