The beauty of Bowland is that it can be remote and isolated, but this means that it is not always well served by public transport. In some parts it is more suited to visitors wishing to explore at a more leisurely pace by bike or on foot or horseback.
Bowland Explorer Bus
Bowland Explorer Bus 833 runs on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the summer, until 30th September 2018, providing access to Slaidburn, Gisburn Forest and Stocks Reservoir, as well as offering spectacular views from the summits of Cross of Greet and Bowland Knotts.
The 16-seater minicoach connects with Bentham Line rail services from Leeds and Morecambe at Bentham Station, with Clitheroe Line rail services from Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn at Clitheroe station and with other DalesBus services at Ingleton.
Full details at: www.forestofbowland.com/Bowland-Explorer
Other Local Buses
Buses 66 and 67 run Monday to Saturday skirting Pendle Hill, providing links between Clitheroe, Waddington, Grindleton, Chatburn, Barley, Barrowford and Nelson.
To the west of the AONB lies the market town of Garstang, a perfect gateway to Bowland, and easily reached every day by bus 40 between Preston and Lancaster.
In the Lune Valley, buses 80 and 81 provide connections, Monday to Saturday, from Lancaster to Caton and Hornby, with some services going through to Wray, Wennington and Low Bentham en route to Kirkby Lonsdale or Ingleton.
On Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays (until 21st October 2018) Northern Dalesman bus 830 runs from Preston and Lancaster up the Lune Valley to Ingleton, before continuing to Wensleydale and Swaledale.
- For general information on travel and a journey planner visit the Traveline website
- For links to timetables visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/public-transport/bus-timetables.aspx#
The Bentham Line links Leeds and Skipton in the east with Lancaster and Morecambe, skirting the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB - click here for further information and linked walking opportunities.
The Clitheroe Line links Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn with Clitheroe: www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/lines/clitheroe-line/
- For general information on rail services and a journey planner visit the National Rail website
How to get to the area
Clitheroe Interchange is the most central rail station for Bowland. Others include Giggleswick, Clapham, Bentham, Wennington, Settle, Blackburn, Burnley, Preston and Lancaster. Go to the official National Rail Enquiries for your journey details.