M6 “Mainline”, Burnley to Skipton

Industrial Lancastrian heritage and delightful scenery is the gateway to Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales National Park on this entrancing journey.


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No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 10 minutes

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Starting point:

Burnley Bus Station (Stand 2)

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Journey fact:

Nelson was once known as "Marsden Heights." This name derived from the Marsden family, who were prominent landowners in the area during the 17th century. The town's transformation into Nelson occurred in the 19th century, when it became an important centre for cotton weaving during the Industrial Revolution.

Journey Overview

From Burnley Bus Station, in the heart of this vibrant town, the bus makes its way, through residential streets with small independent shops, past the majestic, traditional looking Queensgate Bus Depot on the left, before arriving in Nelson. Ctch glimpses of the town’s industrial past, with remnants of cotton mills and warehouses dotting the landscape. Then it’s onto Colne – the railway station on the left – and shops on the hill sloping upwards, watch out for the great model railway shop on the right in a tall building and lovely coffee shops either side of the road which twists leftwards into open fields and idyllic countryside. The landscape is dotted with dry stone walls and hedgerows, dividing fields and creating patchwork patterns of green and gold. Colne has a rich industrial heritage, with remnants of its cotton weaving past still visible in the landscape. Old mill buildings, chimneys, and warehouses stand as testament to the town’s manufacturing history, adding a sense of character and nostalgia to the scenery.

To the north of Colne and visible from the bus, lie the Pennine Moors, a rugged and wild expanse of moorland that stretches across the horizon. These moors are characterized by sweeping vistas, heather-clad hillsides, and rocky outcrops, offering opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and outdoor exploration.

Through the heart of Langroyd Country Park, the bus makes its way with dense woodland on the left and the pretty Foulridge Upper Reservoir coming into view the other side of the bus. Then, very soon, Lake Burwain appears out of the left side window and the bus enters the charming village of Foulridge and sightings in the slight distance of the lovely Saint Michael and All Angels Church of England.

The journey is really entering undulating remote countryside now with fields either side and farmland, punctuated by the delightful villages of Sough, Earby, Salterforth and quaint town of Barnoldswick. Then it’s north-eastwards, the bus makes its way, through an even more serene landscape before arriving into its final destination, Skipton, but not before passing beside the atmospheric Aireville Park.  The town is set amidst the undulating landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, characterized by sweeping hills and valleys. The hills are often lush and green, especially in spring and summer, providing a serene backdrop to the town and great views from the bus window on the approach!

A Fab Day Out!

In Burnley, commence your adventure by exploring Towneley Hall, a stately home surrounded by picturesque parkland, showcasing art collections and exhibits depicting the town’s heritage. Nearby, the Singing Ringing Tree, an iconic wind-powered sound sculpture, offers a unique auditory experience.

Maybe stop off in Nelson and visit the beautiful Victoria Park, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic stop.

Continuing through Colne, soak in the town’s charming ambiance and historic architecture. Visit Colne Heritage Centre to delve into the area’s rich history, or wander along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which meanders through the town, offering tranquil views and opportunities for birdwatching.

Arriving in Skipton, immerse yourself in its medieval charm. Explore Skipton Castle, one of the most well-preserved castles in England, and stroll through its cobbled streets lined with traditional shops and cafes. Don’t miss the bustling Skipton Market, held four days a week, offering a variety of goods from local produce to handmade crafts.

For nature lovers, Skipton is surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Take a scenic walk along the Pennine Way or enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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