483 Burnley to Rawtenstall and Bury

From industrial heritage and parkland charm in Burnley, through the Rossendale Valley to the River Irwell and Bury, this is a treat of a trip across deepest Lancashire!


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No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 12 minutes

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Starting point:

Burnley Bus Station (Stand 5)

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Journey fact:

Rawtenstall enjoys a unique connection to the "Irwell Sculpture Trail." This trail, established in 1989, spans over 33 miles along the River Irwell, featuring a series of contemporary artworks and installations. Rawtenstall serves as a notable stop along the trail

Journey Overview

The bus leaves behind bustling Burnley and straddles the delightful and famous Townley Park and Hall with its lush green land and woods. The scenery really is fantastic as Clow Bridge approaches and its reservoir on the left and the picturesque Dunnockshaw Memorial Garden on the right.

As the bus leaves Burnley, it traverses through verdant landscapes, with rolling hills and lush fields stretching into the distance. The journey provides glimpses of quaint villages and scattered farmsteads, adding a rustic charm to the scenery.

Passing through Water, travelers are treated to views of the serene countryside, with the River Calder meandering through the landscape. The village exudes tranquility, with its quaint cottages and idyllic setting nestled amidst greenery.

Continuing on to Lumb, the scenery becomes more rugged, with rocky outcrops and wooded areas lining the route. The village sits amidst the natural beauty of the Pennine hills, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

As the bus reaches Sagar Holme, the landscape opens up to reveal sweeping vistas of the Irwell Valley. The river adds a scenic element to the journey, with its tranquil waters reflecting the beauty of the countryside.

Arriving in Waterfoot, travelers are greeted by the charm of a traditional Lancashire village, with its stone-built houses and bustling streets. The village is surrounded by picturesque scenery, with the hills of the Rossendale Valley providing a stunning backdrop.

As the bus approaches Rawtenstall, the landscape transitions into a mix of urban and rural elements, with the town’s industrial heritage juxtaposed against the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. The journey offers a captivating glimpse into Lancashire’s diverse landscapes, with each village and hamlet contributing to the scenic beauty of the route.

Leaving Rawtenstall, the bus winds its way through the picturesque Rossendale Valley, surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside. Quaint villages and hamlets dot the landscape, each with its own distinctive charm.

Customers may catch glimpses of historical landmarks such as Peel Tower, a prominent monument perched atop Holcombe Hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and also of the delightful Burrs Country Park.

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.


A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Burnley, immerse yourself in the town’s industrial heritage by visiting Towneley Hall, a stately home surrounded by picturesque parkland. Nearby, the Singing Ringing Tree, an iconic wind-powered sound sculpture, offers a unique auditory experience.

As the bus progresses towards Rawtenstall, enjoy panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside. Rawtenstall itself is home to the East Lancashire Railway, where heritage steam trains offer nostalgic rides through the stunning Irwell Valley, providing an authentic glimpse into the region’s railway history.

Continuing the journey, the route passes through Walmersley, a small village known for its charming countryside and quaint atmosphere. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby Greenbooth Reservoir, offering scenic walks and tranquil surroundings.

Arriving in Bury, delve into the town’s rich history and bustling market scene. Visit Bury Market, one of the largest and most vibrant markets in the region, where you can sample local delicacies, browse stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts, and soak in the lively atmosphere.

History buffs will appreciate Bury’s cultural attractions, including the Bury Transport Museum, which showcases the town’s transportation heritage through a collection of vintage vehicles and interactive exhibits. The Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, housed in a beautiful Victorian building, offers a diverse range of artworks spanning centuries.

For a taste of nature amidst the urban landscape, head to Burrs Country Park, where you can enjoy riverside walks along the River Irwell, picnic amidst scenic surroundings, or embark on a leisurely boat trip. Try out our curated walk, suggested below at the bottom of this page!

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Plan your route to this Great Scenic Journey

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.

Bury to Burrs Step-free Jaunt

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