Travel Information

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.

Bus Services

New Bowland Explorer Service

Launched on 7th May, the Bowland Explorer will run on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the summer, until 24th September.  The 16-seater service will connect with Bentham Line rail services from Leeds and Morecambe at Bentham Station and with Clitheroe Line services from Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn at Clitheroe station.

Other services are provided to the following areas:

Service 7 - runs a circuit, Monday to Saturday, around Pendle Hill, with links from Clitheroe to 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 by the hourly number 40 bus between Preston and Lancaster.
In the Lune Valley, service 80/81 provides local connections, Monday to Saturday, from Lancaster to Caton and Hornby, with some services going through to Wray, Wennington and Low Bentham.

  • For general information on travel and a journey planner visit the Traveline website

For links to timetables visit

Railway Links

The Bentham Railway Line, links Leeds in the east to Lancaster and Morecambe skirting the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB - click here for further information and linked walking opportunities.

Further Information

How to get to the area

By Air

The nearest major airport is Manchester Airport. Other airports nearby include Blackpool Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

By Train

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.

By Coach or Bus

National coach information can be found at National Express. Alternatively try the Lancashire Travelwise web site.