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Janet Elizabeth's Travels

Helpful Journey Planners for Public Transport

How will this bus get through the Westgate? Welcome to Janet Elizabeth's travel page, to help find the best public transport journey planners, especially those that load quickly and are easy to plan with.

When I visit a journey planner, I try to find the most accessible version or section of the web site, such as might be called "mobile version", "large print" or "text only". These are usually much quicker and easier to use.
click on Traveline to visit Traveline SE Mobile and Large Text - in a new window For mixed bus and train journeys I use Traveline SE - Large Text and Mobile for a quicker and easier interface.
Train going to Traintimes.org The best web site for train times is the minimalist Accessible UK Train Times (on the traintimes site) which is accessible, clear and easy to use and includes live departure boards. Remember you can use ctrl-+ (ctrl and plus) to make the text bigger.

National Rail Enquiries National Rail Enquiries has really helpful maps and if you create an account it can remember your journeys for you if you like.

Cross Country trains The Cross Country Trains journey planner helpfully displays ticket prices for each possible route but sadly its return journeys do not always have your specified travel preferences applied, such as avoiding London.
Brighton and Hove buses Brighton&Hove Buses collaborate with the Council to provide a useful live bus times service. Brighton Buses also run days out and short breaks in their coach trips from March to December, like the one I took to Amiens in May 2012.
Transport for London Before you go to London, you can look at the helpful maps provided by Transport for London ... have you tried the interactive map?
The Big lemon The Big Lemon buses travel the Lewes Road in Brighton using used, filtered cooking oil - how green is that?!
National Express Reach Gatwick Airport in 3/4 hour by National Express wonderfully naumbered Jetlink 747 - but follow their advice to get a ticket in advance (eg online).
impromptu music session at Sidmouth Folkweek For Sidmouth Folk Week, use the National Rail train service to Honiton, then take Devon bus 52B to Sidmouth.

Walking

Living Streets, Walking is better for you than riding. And regular walking refreshes you and makes it easier to walk out again. I don't mean hiking, I mean just walking ... down to the shops for example. All this is well understood by the Living Streets charity that represents such walkers.

Here are places where I have enjoyed longer, recreational walks.

open-top 77 bus on its way to Devil's Dyke For walks around Brighton arriving by public transport, especially Devil's Dyke, or Ditchling Beacon, visit Breeze up to the downs; you can put yourself on their mailing list to receive copies by post every year.
Meanwhile, go to Visit Brighton's Brighton Podcasts page and follow the link to listen to the Devils Dyke Bus 77 Podcast about things to see on the journey from Brighton to Devil's Dyke.

The wonderful web site Car Free Walks has some good local walks too, for example from Race Hill to Rottingdean.

For East Sussex walks by public transport, visit South Downs Online. Without the encumbrance of a car, you can do linear walks - from A to B - without having to walk back the way you came.

part of the walk around Camberlot Wood, click to see the route the Cuckmere River Each July I lead a walk as part of a folk weekend. Follow the blue clickies to see some of the routes we take:
around Camberlot Wood,
from Upper Dicker to Bramble Grove and
from Upper Dicker to Arlington Reservoir.

Cuckmere community busTo visit Alfriston, or Middle Farm if I fancy a walk, I like to use the Cuckmere Community Bus (shown right) from Berwick Station or from Seaford.

For interesting places around Wolverton, see Visit Bucks.

Maps

Easiest and most popular is Google Maps, but its public transport info is often missing.

For UK towns you can use street map or multimap and for world travel, MapQuest, and Lonely Planet.

Some past journeys

May 2012 - Paris by Eurostar. It took 2h54 to travel from Brighton to Ashford International and 2h52 to get from Ashford to Paris so I had plenty of time to read through the guide book I brought.

April 2012 - Amiens a one-day Brighton and Hove coach trip.

July 2009 - Villafranca del Bierzo, Léon, Spain, on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Charles and I stayed at the beautifully restored, small, family guest house La Llave where the food is fantastic and the owners speak English as if they had lived in Britain (which they have).

June 2006 - San Francisco - to follow (including for the wonderful cable cars)

June 2000 Latvia to look at birds and flowers. Since 1940's collectivisation whole forests of silver birch and scots pine have grown up, wild, but trees tall and straight with leaves just in the canopy.

1999 - lots of info about The Burren.

1999 eclipse in France French Railways PASSENGERS - Hotels and Travel in France - Neufchatel-en-Bray - Dieppe: les transports - NASA RP 1398: Total Solar Eclipse Of 1999 August 11: Table of Contents

For China, February 1999 - Welcome to Beijing - China-Window Home Page.

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