Travel Information

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 National Landscape 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.

Railway Links

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

The Clitheroe Line links Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn with Clitheroe:

  • For general information on rail services and a journey planner visit the National Rail website

For active travel ideas visit our Eco Escapes website - an initiative developed to promote the sustainable tourism opportunities here in Bowland.

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.