M2, Burnley to Clitheroe

Bustling Burnley is the gateway to a treat of a journey close to the River Calder with views of the Ribble Valley and the delights of history-steeped Padiham, Whalley and Clitheroe


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

47 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30 minutes

Starting point:

Burnley Bus Station (Stand 4)

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Journey fact:

Clitheroe holds a hidden gem: the smallest Norman castle in England. Constructed in the 12th century, the castle played a crucial role in medieval times, serving as a strategic stronghold.

Journey Overview

This invigorating journey starts amidst the bustling Burnley Bus Station, nestled beside a mix of independent and branded shops. The bus whisks its way out towards the blissful East Lancashire countryside, over the River Calder, with lovely views either side of the bus and into Padiham. Flat, but deep green pastural land emerges as the bus passes close to Simonstone, thence its a tree-lined treat, through Spring Wood as Whalley approaches, a charming hidden gem of a village of small shops and pretty pubs.

The bus then continues through Barrow and with open fields 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.

Clitheroe awaits and the scenery becomes more built up but the architecture is varied, with ornate buildings, set against a backdrop of the delightful Castle, which overlooks this wonderful town and its plethora of independent shops.

A Fab Day Out!

There’s plenty to see and do in Burnley, even before boarding the bus. Step back in time with a visit to Gawthorpe Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan mansion set amidst scenic parkland. Explore the exquisite interiors, featuring intricate woodwork, historic furnishings, and a renowned textile collection. An escape to nature at Towneley Park is not to be missed – it’s a sprawling green space offering picturesque gardens, woodlands, and walking trails. Visitors can admire the park’s historic architecture, including Towneley Hall, and enjoy outdoor activities such as picnicking, wildlife spotting, and leisurely strolls.

If you are staying a bit longer, maybe overnight, then immerse yourself in culture at Burnley Mechanics, a vibrant arts and entertainment venue hosting a diverse program of live performances, including theatre productions, music concerts, comedy shows, and film screenings. There’s also football to be enjoyed at Turf Moor which is just 10 minutes walk from the town centre and is the home of Burnley F.C.

Meanwhile, it’s a treat discovering Burnley’s industrial heritage at The Weavers’ Triangle, a historic canal-side area that was once the heart of the town’s textile industry. Explore restored mills, warehouses, and canal features, offering insights into Burnley’s industrial past.

Immediately before boarding the bus, indulge in retail therapy and culinary delights in Burnley’s town centre, where visitors can browse independent shops, boutiques, and markets, as well as sample delicious cuisine at cafes, restaurants, and traditional pubs.

Off to Whalley for a stop-off on the bus. Here, visitors can explore the majestic ruins of Whalley Abbey, a 14th-century Cistercian monastery surrounded by tranquil gardens and woodland trails. The abbey’s rich history and architectural beauty offer a captivating glimpse into the past. Nearby, Whalley Viaduct, a striking railway viaduct spanning the River Calder, provides scenic views and photo opportunities. For those seeking outdoor recreation, the Ribble Valley offers picturesque walking routes along the riverbanks and through the surrounding countryside. Additionally, Whalley is home to charming shops, cafes, and eateries, perfect for leisurely strolls and sampling local delights. There’s a really enjoyable walk around the Primrose Community Nature Reserve that our partners Go Jauntly have curated on this page, which is a nice circular tour and along the River Ribble.

Back on-board the bus to the final destination, Clitheroe. At the heart of the town stands Clitheroe Castle, a Norman fortress boasting stunning views from its elevated position. Visitors can explore the castle’s museum, which showcases exhibits on local history and archaeology.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the surrounding countryside provides ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, and nature walks. The scenic Ribble Valley offers idyllic landscapes dotted with quaint villages, historic landmarks, and winding rivers.

In the town, visitors can browse the bustling market, held several days a week, where they can find everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts.

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Take your scenic journey to the next level by embarking on this delightful walk, carefully curated by the expert team at Go Jauntly, the leading walking app provider.

Primrose Community Nature Reserve

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