New summertime bus service for Bowland launched

Hettie Byrne and Cathy Hopley from Bowland AONB with the Bowland Rambler at the Parkers Arms, Newton
Hettie Byrne and Cathy Hopley from Bowland AONB with the Bowland Rambler at the Parkers Arms, Newton

A new summertime bus service will get more people out of the towns and walking the beautiful countryside of Bowland.

The Bowland Rambler Sunday and Bank Holiday service, starting this Sunday, goes from Burnley to Settle via Accrington, Great Harwood, Whalley, Clitheroe, Waddington, Newton, Slaidburn, Tosside, Wigglesworth and Rathmell.

It will operate right through summer and early autumn, until October 20th, the end of British Summer Time.

Passengers will be able to travel through the dramatic countryside of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and they can pick up a selection of walking maps to make the most of their trip.

The Bowland Rambler has been launched as a partnership between the Transdev bus company, the Forest of Bowland Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, and the Dales and Bowland Community interest Company, a subsidiary of the Yorkshire Dales Society.

It is being sponsored by the Yorkshire Dales Society, the Forest of Bowland Joint Advisory Committee, Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Council, Hyndburn Council and the Forestry Commission.

The aim is to attract more people to the Forest of Bowland, with its wonderful landscapes, its wildlife and beautiful villages with welcoming inns and cafes.

“This new service would not have been possible without the generous support of several key sponsors,” said Colin Speakman, chair of the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Mr Speakman said a day out by bus in the Forest of Bowland had not been possible on Sundays and Bank Holidays for many years.

He added: “We hope that as many people as possible – local people as well as visitors – will use their new Sunday service.

“Only if the buses are well filled will we have the possibility of keeping the service for 2014 and for future years.”

Recommended self-guided walks from the bus include riverside rambles, moorland walks and forest trails for walkers of all abilities. Details are available from the driver, or visit www.forestofbowland.com/ramblerbus

l For further information about the Rambler bus or the walks, contact Cathy Hopley or Hetty Byrne at the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email cathy.hopley@lancashire.gov.uk or hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk