The new Sunday and Bank Holiday Bowland Explorer bus service starts on 7 May 2017.

Lancaster - Bentham - Ingleton - Clapham - Slaidburn - Clitheroe

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Click here for route map (PDF file)

The Bowland Explorer – an integrated minibus service – will connect with Bentham Line rail services from Leeds and Morecambe at Bentham station, on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 7 May to 24 September 2017.
At the other end of its route the Bowland Explorer will connect with Clitheroe Line rail services to/from Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn (connections for Preston).

With the Explorer service starting early on Sunday mornings from Lancaster station, it can also act as a ‘rail-bus’ service between Lancaster and Bentham via Caton, Hornby, Wray and Wennington station, at a time when there is no scheduled train, before commencing its Bowland duties. The Bowland Explorer minibus service will also provide a link to the Yorkshire Dales at Ingleton and Clapham.

In addition to the journeys to and from Lancaster station and Bentham the Explorer service will operate three return services through the AONB with two of them going through to Clitheroe and the third to Gisburn Forest Centre.

Dales Rover, Bowland Explorer and One Way £1 tickets for young people are all valid throughout Bowland Explorer service 833.

The Forest of Bowland AONB is planning a series of walks and country activities to complement the Bowland Explorer service at various points along the route during the summer. Numerous self-guided walks are available throughout the AONB along with the CRP’s award-winning Rail to Trail programme between and from the Bowland Gateway stations at Wennington, Bentham, Clapham and Giggleswick. Whether it be a fell or forest walk, a gentle stroll, a mountain bike ride, Sunday lunch in a country pub or afternoon tea by the river, here is a new range of leisure opportunities.

The new service has been made possible as a result of a successful bid for £4,500 to Northern’s (Arriva Rail North Ltd.) Seed-Corn Fund by LLMCRP along with funding and in-kind support from the participating organisations.

The Bowland Explorer will enable both local residents and visitors to enjoy an area of outstanding natural beauty and a national park, whilst at the same time linking villages and hamlets with the public transport network, in some cases for the first time in decades.

This is also an opportunity to open up the Forest of Bowland AONB to a far wider audience from right across the North, including those from the major conurbations of West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, and to encourage visitors to make use of a ‘greener’ travelling option to explore this wonderful area straddling the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.

Full details about the service, fares and activities will be available from mid-April both online here and in print, at stations and tourist information centres.



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