Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Along this journey from the small village of Old Farnley to Oakwood, we begin in the place that was once a small agricultural village that dates back to the medieval times. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and the number 42 is ideal for those of you wanting to explore and discover some hidden gems of your own.

Bus stop: Western Grove

Stephenson’s Butchers – This family run butcher in Lower Wortley specialises in award winning pies and pastries. Stephenson’s pies are sold in this store, which are all baked fresh ready to eat, hot or cold. You can also order from their range of tasty pies and pastries online and have them delivered straight to your door.

27 Lower Wortley Rd, Leeds LS12 4RY

Ritz Fisheries – Traditional fish and chips are always at the heart of any local community. Available to order online or in store, Ritz Fisheries will undoubtedly satisfy your hunger with their classic menu including fish and chips, battered sausages and traditional drinks such as Dandelion and Burdock.

2 Lower Wortley Rd, Leeds LS12 4TE

Bus stop: Wellington H

Sociable Folk – The team at Sociable Folk aim to be the best place for coffee, serve the best breakfast and lunch, the best bar and play the best music. Right in the heart of Wellington Place, they have plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, and everything is made fresh with the best ingredients.

10 Wellington Pl, Leeds LS1 4JP

Mans Market – Mans Market is a brand that was founded in a small fishing village in Hong Kong. Their classic Chinese menu has developed with a new-age twist, re-energising Chinese food within a relaxing, hip environment in the centre of the city. Their cocktail bar is the perfect destination for after work drinks or a date night, trying their delicious menu of margaritas, Hong Kong Island Tea and daiquiris.

Unit F, West Point, Wellington St, Leeds LS1 4JJ

Bus stop: Headrow G

Kapow – Kapow Coffee have shops in both The Calls and Thornton’s Arcade in the centre of Leeds. As well as serving delicious coffee, they have a full range of sandwiches, cakes, sweet treats and coffee beans available to buy in both locations. So for those of you wanting to brew your own coffee at home, you can buy from their selection of local and national roasters, alongside other accessories and a brewing kit.

15 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LQ

Bus stop: Strathmore Drive

Karpaty Bakery – This bakery has four locations in Leeds: Kirkgate market, Armley, Beeston and Harehills. Kaparty Bakery is known for their appetising selection of bread, variety of desserts and special occasion cakes. You can find them at some of your local farmers markets and events including Harrogate food and drink festival and Ilkley food festival.

43A Ashley Rd, Harehills, Leeds LS9 7AJ

Patel’s DIY and Blinds – Patels DIY is the place to go for all your house and decorating essentials, including an extensive range of paint and accessories, electrical goods and key cutting services.

313 Harehills Ln, Harehills, Leeds LS9 6AA