22, Blackburn to Clitheroe

Enchantment across the Ribble Valley on a delightful Lancashire hotpot of a journey from bustling Blackburn to charming Clitheroe


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

40 minutes

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Starting point:

Blackburn Bus Station (Stand 2)

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Journey fact:

Blackburn has a strong connection to the origins of the modern circus. In 1768, Philip Astley, a former cavalry officer, performed equestrian tricks in a field near the town, laying the foundation for the modern circus. This pioneering entertainment spectacle eventually evolved into the circus we know today, with Astley's innovations in horsemanship and showmanship shaping the future of circus performance worldwide.

Journey Overview

The bus starts in the Lancashire hotpot that is Blackburn with its plethora of independent shops, bars and more traditional brands, alongside varied architecture, including elegant mosques. Out of the bus station, the journey unfolds with greenery emerging by Roe Lee and then through Ramsgreave and Wilpshire, with its challenging but picturesque golf course close by and then into more stunning countryside by the remote village of Langho.

This really is a beautiful, almost fairytale, journey on the 22, which is part of the Valleylines brand, through some of Lancashire’s most spectacular landmarks including the imposing Whalley Arches in the delightful village of Whalley with its abundant character. There are great views of the River Calder fantastic restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Overlooked by Whalley Nab, a large wooded hill over the river from the village, the journey has a sense of enchantment as the bus then continues through Barrow and with open fields, interspersed with bracken, shrubs and farmland, continuing in view and a challenging golf course on the left, before passing Lower Standen and with the trees from the Primrose Community Nature Reserve appearing in the distance, looking towards the curving River Ribble on the horizon.

Onto Clitheroe, where this fabulous journey concludes, with views of the striking Clitheroe Castle, surrounded by lovely trees and fields, as customers are plunged into the heart of the world-renowned Ribble Valley and the spectacular Forest of Bowland beyond, with the bus passing fascinating small shops and eateries before nestling at its final stop in the heart of this splendid town.


A Fab Day Out!

There’s so much to peruse in Blackburn before getting on the bus! One of the town’s iconic landmarks is Blackburn Cathedral, a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Visitors can marvel at its stunning interior, adorned with intricate stained glass windows and ornate carvings, or attend one of the many concerts and events held within its hallowed walls.

For those interested in delving into Blackburn’s industrial past, the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is a must-visit destination. Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the museum showcases exhibits ranging from local history and archaeology to fine art and decorative arts. Highlights include the museum’s collection of Egyptian artifacts and its renowned textile displays, which pay homage to Blackburn’s historic role in the cotton industry.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy in Blackburn’s green spaces, such as Witton Country Park. Spanning over 480 acres, this expansive park offers scenic walking trails, woodland areas, and picturesque lakes, providing the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic.

Sports fans can catch a game at Ewood Park, home to Blackburn Rovers Football Club. The stadium has a rich footballing history and offers an electric atmosphere on match days, making it a must-visit for fans of the beautiful game. In 1995, Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League and although they are in the Championship this season, there’s always a great atmosphere at matches!

Culture vultures, who may be staying overnight either before or after the trip on the 22 bus, can explore Blackburn’s thriving arts scene, with venues such as the Thwaites Empire Theatre hosting a diverse range of performances, from comedy shows to musicals. The town also boasts a vibrant calendar of events, including the Blackburn Heritage Festival and the Blackburn International Music Festival, which celebrate the town’s cultural diversity and creative spirit.

Finally, no visit to Blackburn would be complete without sampling its culinary delights. The town’s diverse dining scene offers everything from traditional Lancashire fare to international cuisine, ensuring there’s something to tantalize every palate.

Onto the bus and it’s worth stopping off in Whalley, a historic village renowned for its ancient abbey and picturesque riverside setting. Here, passengers can alight to visit the majestic ruins of Whalley Abbey, steeped in centuries of history and architectural grandeur. Alternatively, they can explore the village’s charming shops, quaint tearooms, and riverside walks, immersing themselves in its timeless charm.

Back on the bus to Clitheroe, a market town nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of the Ribble Valley. Stepping off the bus, visitors are greeted by the sight of Clitheroe Castle, a towering medieval fortress that dominates the town’s skyline. History enthusiasts can delve into the castle’s rich heritage, while others may prefer to wander through Clitheroe’s bustling market, sampling local delicacies and browsing artisanal crafts.


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