Bowland Explorer at Cross of Greet bridge

The new Bowland Explorer bus runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 24 September 2017

Lancaster - Bentham - Ingleton - Clapham - Slaidburn - Clitheroe

Click here for timetable (PDF file)

Click here for route map (PDF file)

Click here for events and walking routes accessible on the Bowland Explorer (AONB website)

The Bowland Explorer runs through the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passing through Gisburn Forest and Slaidburn, and crossing the summits at Cross of Greet and Bowland Knotts. The Bowland Explorer also provides a link to the Yorkshire Dales at Ingleton and Clapham.

It connects with Bentham Line rail services from Leeds and Morecambe at Bentham station, and at Clitheroe Interchange 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 also provides a service between Lancaster and Bentham via Caton, Hornby, Wray and Wennington station, at a time when there is no scheduled train. In addition to the journeys to and from Lancaster station and Bentham the Bowland Explorer runs three return services through the AONB, with two going through to Slaidburn and Clitheroe and the third to Gisburn Forest Centre.

Please note that due to limitations on vehicle size the Bowland Explorer is not run by a low-floor bus.

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 has planned 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, there 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 enables 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.

If you have used the service already, it would be great to hear what you think - please complete our short survey form here.

If you haven't used the service yet, why not plan a trip out this Sunday?



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