The Great Bus Pass Adventure

23rd September 2019

As many of you may know on the 23rd September 2019, I intend to become the fastest 70 year old to travel on scheduled Bus Services from Land’s End to John O Groats using my Senior Citizens Bus Pass

My intention is to raise funds for The Household Cavalry Foundation and Combat Stress, both Charities support serving members of The Armed Forces and Armed Forces Veterans who suffer from Mental Health Issues such as PTSD.

I suffer from PTSD not from my service in The Household Cavalry (The Life Guards) between 1967 and 1974 but from my service in the Dorset Police in 1990. During an arrest I was stabbed five times; one of the wounds nicking my aorta, due to the skill of a surgeon I survived.

I shall be leaving Land’s End at 0935hrs on Monday the 23rd September 2019. Day one will take me to Cullompton via Penzance, Truro, Okehampton and Exeter with an overnight stay at The White Hart in Cullompton.

Day Two: Tuesday 24th Sept takes me from Cullompton via Taunton, Wells, Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham and onto my next overnight stop in Tewkesbury.

Day Three: Wednesday 25th Sept takes me from Tewkesbury via Evesham, Stratford on Avon, Coventry, Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield and onto to my next overnight stop in Sheffield.

Day Four: Thursday 26th Sept takes me from Sheffield via Barnsley, Leeds, Whitby, Middlesbrough and onto my next overnight stop in Newcastle.

Day Five: Friday 27th Sept takes me from Newcastle through the Northumberland National Park crossing the border into Scotland on to Edinburgh and my next overnight stop in Dundee.

Day Six: Saturday 28th Sept There are no restrictions on my Bus Pass today. I am able to travel before 0930 hrs today so it’s an early start that takes me from Dundee to Aberdeen. I am told by Stagecoach Scotland, one of my sponsors, that the journey from Aberdeen is very scenic as I travel onto Inverness.

It is then time for the last leg of the journey along the East Coast of Scotland onto John O Groats.

The target is 6 days to complete the journey, obviously it doesn’t take into account any delays or cancellations, I have considered this and it may mean that I may have to spend an extra overnight stop in Inverness before travelling onto John O Groats if there are any problems.

It will be a first for such a journey as this, I am being tracked with a GPS tracker thanks to Adrian Davenport of Clear View Tracking (

If you want to follow my progress via GPS then search by Google

A menu will appear Username Password BusPass123!

A map of the United Kingdom will appear, on the left hand top of the page you will see
Select Group, click on Select Group and The Great Bus Pass Adventure will appear underneath, Click on The Great Bus Pass Adventure and a little blue man will appear, click on the blue man and he will appear on the United Kingdom map on the right showing my current location.

If you have any problems getting on the site, you can contact me on

The tracker will not go live until 0700 hrs on the 22nd September 2019 as I start to make my way to Land’s End from Poole for the start of the Adventure.

My journey back home to Poole in Dorset from John O Groats is sponsored by three rail companies; Scotrail, London and North Eastern Railways and Southwestern Railways.

Some of the accommodation is sponsored by major hotel chains, with friends or out of my own pocket.

It was my intention from the outset over a year ago, when I started planning the Adventure that 100% of the money raised would go to the two charities; there would be no expenses taken from any donations for travel or accommodation expenses.

I hope that you will support me in the Adventure and consider making a donation to my Virgin Money Giving Page that can be found at.

I will also be publishing regular updates on Facebook, search on Facebook for The Great Bus Pass Adventure Page.


John Hadfield

The Great Bus Pass Adventure