The fbb intended to travel out via Chatsworth House, not to visit, but just to look, have a cuppa in Bakewell and return direct.
Although planned roughly, there was no rush and no great desire to stick to any particular schedule.
So to stand D3.
T M Travel's service 218 ran via Chatsworth to Bakewell.
Hang on a bit, mused fbb, wasn't it once every hour via Chatsworth and every hour direct?
What does the timetable say?
Of course there isn't one, but there is a clear and tidy departure list.
What about Hulley's? There is a 1244 to Bakewll but that is service 275 and fbb is interested in the 218. But there, at the bottom of the list is Hulleys 218, just one journey going to Bakewell.
Of course there isn't one ...
Can we double check the actual; timetable?
Of course there isn't one but (altogether now) IT'S ALL ON LINE.
So fbb poked and prodded his phone to take a gander at the full timetable. The next 218 had shown no signs of appearing, so it would pass the time!
And while we are looking, it would appear that NOT all 218s go via Chatsworth, despite what the line diagram shows and the departure list implies.
At the beginning of the day there is another oddity at Stand D3. The 0730 is different on schooldays?
... but both journeys follow a different route between Baslow and Bakewell, namely via Calver and Hassop as as shown in this Derbyshire network map.
Incidentally fbb and the Mrs returned to Sheffield on the afternoon bus from Lady Manners and it was packed with gibbering schoolkids, gibbering loudly but happily.
And what do we make of this times for the single journey on service 275?
How very helpful!
As and aside, the journey planners make you wait TWO HOURS at Yorkshire Bridge Inn ...
There will be some of our readers (who usually sign themselves as "Anonymous") who will accuse fbb of being "picky" - BUT ...
How much better would be the display if, instead of an inaccurate and misleading (remember no guide as to buses via Chatsworth) list of departures, there were enlarged copies of the full timetable.
There is plenty of room in the frame.
And a map would be the icing on the cake.
Does anywhere do any better?
P.S. Clever bus watchers and avid timetable students may like to explain WHY Hulleys are running a 1915 (1900 in the winter season) from Sheffield to Baslow.