481, Blackburn to Helmshore and Bury

Trundling through fabulous Lancashire countryside, this is an enthralling journey connecting two towns with a marvellous industrial pedigree


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5 places to visit

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1 hour 12 minutes

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An obscure modern-day fact about Blackburn is its vibrant underground music scene, particularly in the realm of punk and alternative music. Despite its industrial heritage, Blackburn has fostered a diverse and thriving community of musicians and artists, often hosting underground gigs and DIY music events in unconventional venues such as warehouses, pubs, and community spaces.

Journey Overview

This invigorating journey begins in Blackburn with architecture inspired by the industrial revolution and then makes its way out towards the countryside passing close to Fishmoor Reservoir and pretty farmlands through the green, beautiful and tiny village of Rann. The hilly landscape, through a valley, is scintillating with a quarry on the left and the Odgen Reservoir on the right as the bus twists and turns its way through Haslingden Grange and into Rawtenstall.

The bus turns round and heads out of Rawtenstall, down Bury Road and through idyllic countryside with the dramatic Edenfield Waterfall, passing close to the lovely village of Shtuttleworth, with views over to Red Lumb and the Healey Dell Nature Reserve in the far background.

As the bus trundles along the winding road from Blackburn to Burnley, passengers are treated to a picturesque journey through the heart of Lancashire’s countryside. Rolling green hills stretch out into the distance, dotted with clusters of quaint stone cottages and farmsteads. The landscape is alive with the vibrant colours of spring, as fields of golden wheat sway gently in the breeze and meadows are carpeted with wildflowers in bloom.

As the bus nears Bury, the landscape becomes increasingly urbanized, with bustling streets and commercial areas dominating the scenery. However, traces of the region’s industrial heritage are still visible, with remnants of textile mills and warehouses lining the route.

Arriving in Bury, customers are greeted by the town’s vibrant atmosphere and bustling market scene. Historic buildings and landmarks, such as the Bury Parish Church and the Fusilier Museum, add to the town’s charm and character.

The bus makes its way, meanderingly to Bury with the landscape bordered by ancient dry stone walls, adding to the rustic charm of the scene. The air is filled with the sweet scent of freshly cut grass and the earthy aroma of the nearby forests.

As the bus approaches Ramsbottom, the scenery becomes more dramatic, with steep hillsides cloaked in dense woodland. The route skirts close to Summerseat, offering glimpses of the tranquil River Irwell meandering through the valley below. At Limefield, the landscape opens up once more, revealing sweeping vistas of lush greenery and distant moorlands, stretching as far as the eye can see.


A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Blackburn, customers can explore the town’s cultural attractions, including the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, home to an extensive collection of art and artifacts that tell the story of the region’s history. The majestic Blackburn Cathedral is also worth a visit, with its stunning architecture and serene atmosphere.

It’s worth a stop off at Haslingden where history buffs can explore the town’s industrial heritage at the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, where they can learn about Lancashire’s cotton industry. Exhibits showcase the evolution of textile production, from spinning and weaving to the finished cloth. Visitors can explore interactive displays, demonstrations, and preserved machinery, gaining an appreciation for the ingenuity and hard work that powered Lancashire’s textile trade.

Edenfield beckons and a suggested stop off here to enjoy its tranquil countryside and quaint village atmosphere. Nature lovers can take a walk through the scenic Warmersley Forest Park, where ancient woodlands and meandering trails provide the perfect backdrop for a peaceful day out.

Finally, arriving in Bury, customers are greeted by the bustling town centre, where they can explore the historic market, one of the largest in the region, offering a vibrant array of local produce, crafts, and antiques. The Bury Transport Museum is also worth a visit, showcasing the town’s rich industrial heritage through its collection of vintage vehicles and exhibits. The East Lancashire Railway offers a nostalgic journey back in time aboard a steam train, winding its way through the stunning Irwell Valley. A walk north of the town to Burrs Country Park, close to the River Irwell, using our curated link at the bottom of this page is also suggested too!

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