A GRAN took a 2,200-mile trip around the whole of England using her bus pass.
Penny Ibbott, 75, stayed in bed and breakfasts each night on her six-week journey.
She went anti-clockwise from the south coast — stopping mainly in seaside towns.
Spending around eight hours a day on buses, she rode up the east coast to Berwick at the top of England.
She then travelled along the Scots border and then down the West to Land’s End before returning home.
Penny told The Sun: “I’m pretty robust but I needed a comfortable bed to sleep in along the way and, as you can imagine, choosing the bed and breakfasts was a bit of a lottery.”
Penny’s son Robin, 45, helped plan the route and she added: “Often it was like an administrative exercise because when I was on the bus, I was always busy.”
Her family and friends were waiting for her in a vintage, open-top bus to finish the final 12 miles home to Chidham in West Sussex.
The mum of three first tried the trek in March 2020 but had to head home after ten days when lockdown began.
Her adventure raised £2,500 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in West Sussex, which cared for cancer sufferer husband Geoff, who died in 2016 aged 81.
Before her trip, funeral and wedding celebrant Penny contacted Stagecoach operations manager Collin Ashcroft for advice and he organised the surprise final leg.
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