Bus Pass Trip 18

Taking the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign to Two Counties

Bus Pass Trip 18, accomplished over 9 days, incorporated 25 buses, 1 train and 2 trams through Lancashire & Cumbria, staying overnight in 6 Anchor/Hanover guest rooms (Burnley, Preston, Morecambe, Barrow-in-Furness, Whitehaven and Penrith), dining in 11 Wetherspoons, participating in 2 BBC Local Radio interviews and researching my family history in 3 Libraries and 2 Archives. Altogether I spent £5.80 on travel, £80 on accommodation and took out a mortgage for my Wetherspoons bill!

Miraculously managing to avoid the deluges which hit the rest of the country I enjoyed the most glorious, sun-drenched scenery of the Lake District & North Lancashire where I met some wonderful new rubbish recruits (Emma in Preston, Lee in Lancaster, John, Janice & Chundon in Ulverston, Annie in Barrow-in-Furness, Ross & Dave in Workington, Shelagh, Stef & Mike in Penrith), litter-picked the beaches of Morecambe and Biggar Bank and persuaded an amazing group of young people in Whitehaven to collect 6 bags of rubbish from the local children’s play park at Mirehouse, doing such a great job that the Whitehaven News published an article about their achievements.

As usual I talked a ‘load of rubbish’ to persuade and cajole anyone and everyone who entered into my line of vision (photographing many of them), twittered, tweeted, posted, shared and emailed all and sundry, broadcast the ‘message’ on BBC Radio Lancashire and Cumbria and, as ever, was encouraged and energised by all the wonderful people who follow, comment, share, retweet, ‘like’ & ‘love’ my meanderings. Without you, the 1 Piece Of Rubbish campaign would not be gaining the enormous momentum it has recently achieved..…and there’s more to come. Watch this space!

Anne Frank wrote in her diary…..

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”

Thank you, everyone, for continuing to improve our world. I love you all! 💚

Bus Pass Trip 14 – 01-06/04/2019

Bus Pass Trip 14 – North-East Circular
Just when I think I can’t improve on my previous trips I’m proven wrong! Last week I spent 6 days in glorious sunshine (albeit somewhat cold) exploring the beautiful countryside of North Lincolnshire, Humberside, East Riding, North Yorkshire, Cleveland, County Durham and West Yorkshire before returning to find the hills around Oldham bathed in sunshine too! Everywhere there were lambs in the fields, daffodils along the roadsides and blossoms on the trees, all enhancing the most breath-taking scenery.
To start my trip I caught the train to Hull and from thereon it was ‘bus pass’ travel to Grimsby, Hull, York, Whitby, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Richmond, Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and finally over the border into Greater Manchester where I boarded a (free) tram back into to Oldham . I travelled on 23 buses, stayed at 4 Anchor-Hanover Guest Rooms, visited 7 Wetherspoons’ pubs, researched my family history in 3 libraries and did 2 BBC Radio broadcasts about my adventures. Radio York invited me into their studios to talk, live, to their listeners and BBC Tees conducted a telephone broadcast whilst I was on a bus to Whitby! I spent £40 on accommodation, zilch on travel and my Wetherspoons bill is a secret!
As ever, I picked up and ‘talked’ a load of rubbish, distributed my Social Media information cards to anyone and everyone who was prepared to listen about the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign and received lots of positive and encouraging reactions. A lovely volunteer in Age UK in Richmond was very complimentary about my efforts, students in Darlington promised to share my details with their friends, the staff at Hartlepool library were keen to inform their colleagues and a young man I met in Hull Interchange is now an ardent litter-picker!
In an effort to show the route I was following, I bombarded you with pictures of rubbish going into various bins, photos of guest rooms and information about radio stations. I thank you all, most sincerely, for your responses, tweets, retweets, posts, shares, ‘likes’ and ‘loves’! Responding to every one of them is nigh on impossible but I appreciate your unerring interest in – and support for – the campaign. THANK YOU!

Bus Pass Trip 15 is already in the planning stage but until then I’ll leave you with this thought from Mahatma Ghandi:
“In a gentle way you can shake the world”
Much love and gratitude to you all. Go gently!

Climate Coalition Green Heart Hero Award 2019


  1. I didn’t win an award but I ‘picked up’ a couple of hearts and spread the #1PieceOfRubbish campaign by ‘card-bombing’ dozens of people with my ‘business’ cards. Hopefully I’ve won over lots of important and influential hearts!!! 💚💚💚. It was an amazing experience… one I wouldn’t have missed for the world and that was ample reward in itself.