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What is Bowland Transit?
Bowland Transit is the service provided by the little buses that wind their way between Clitheroe, Slaidburn, Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale, through the rolling hills and pastures of the Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale. They are a lifeline for local communities, for villages such as Slaidburn, Tosside, Dunsop Bridge and Stainforth, getting people to work, school and the shops. What’s more, they also bring in visitors, who not having cars or leaving their cars at home, contribute far less to pollution, accidents and congestion. True sustainable tourism is car free tourism where people come by bus and train, walk, cycle, use the “green networks” of paths and green lanes which are such a feature of Bowland.
The Bowland Transit was named as one of the top scenic bus journeys in Britain in a book by David McKie – something we all know, but nice when such recognition comes from an outside source.
Getting more People onto the Buses
Everyone knows that the more visitors travel on a rural bus service, the better it performs financially. A range of attractive bargain fares such as the popular Ribble Valley Day Ranger ticket cuts the cost of travel. For only £6.00 for a day’s travel (£3.00 for children and £12 for families), you can travel on any bus in the Ribble Valley including the Bowland Transit. What not many people realise is that the ticket is also valid on many linking services within Lancashire outside the Ribble Valley, such as from Burnley, Blackburn, Accrington, Preston into the Ribble Valley. You can buy the ticket on the first bus you use.
Weekly tickets are also now available for £21 (adult), £16 (child) and £42 (family - up to 2 adults and 3 children).
The Bowland Transit is free to senior citizens with English National Concessionary Passes. This is a wonderful opportunity for Bowland Transit and the Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale to be discovered by many more people who would otherwise have no choice of travel. But younger people too can make use of the bus network to access some of the grandest, wildest landscapes in the North of England, especially with the new CROW Act Access Area now being available. The bus is ideal for linear or point to point walks, away from the restrictions imposed by the car to do only circular walks (though a car can also be used, combined with bus travel, for linear walks). The Bowland Transit offers true freedom, without causing additional environmental problems and traffic pollution.