Witchway, Manchester to Burnley

Two bustling bastions of industrial heritage and prowess, connected by one fab bus journey through luscious Lancashire countryside


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No. of Attractions:

9 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 19 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30 minutes

Starting point:

Manchester Chorlton Street, near Bloom Street

How to get here

Journey fact:

In Manchester, there's a hidden network of underground tunnels beneath the city streets, known as the Manchester Tunnels. Originally constructed as air raid shelters during World War II, these tunnels now serve various purposes, including storage, transportation, and utilities maintenance.

Journey Overview

As the bus departs from Manchester’s Chorlton Street, deep in the heart of the City Centre, close to the Canal, customers are treated to a diverse panorama that transitions from the urban hustle of the city to the serene beauty of Lancashire’s countryside.

Leaving behind the bustling streets of Manchester, the bus passes through Higher Broughton, where rows of Victorian terraced houses flank the road, their red-brick facades contrasting with the verdant trees lining the streets. Beyond the urban sprawl, the landscape begins to open up, revealing glimpses of green fields and rolling hills on the horizon.

Continuing on through Prestwich, views of the mix of independent shops and restaurants gradually give way to scenery that becomes increasingly rural, with patches of farmland dotted with grazing sheep and cattle. Quaint cottages and farmsteads nestle amidst the picturesque countryside, their chimneys releasing wisps of smoke into the clear sky.

As the bus approaches Rawtenstall, the landscape takes on a more rugged character, with steep hillsides cloaked in dense woodland. The River Irwell meanders alongside the road, its waters sparkling in the sunlight as it winds its way through the valley.

Passing through Crawshaw Booth, the bus ascends to higher elevations, offering panoramic views of the surrounding moorlands. Heather-clad hills stretch as far as the eye can see, their purple hues contrasting with the vibrant green of the valleys below.

Reaching the Summit, customers are treated to breathtaking vistas of Lancashire’s countryside, with sweeping panoramas of rolling hills and distant villages nestled in the Roch River valley. The air is crisp and invigorating, with the scent of heather and wildflowers carried on the breeze. To the east, the foreboding Blackstone Edge dominates the view, which is surrounded by reservoirs.

Finally, as the bus descends into Burnley, the landscape transforms once more, with industrial buildings and chimneys punctuating the skyline. Yet, amidst the urban sprawl, pockets of greenery and parks offer a welcome respite, providing a glimpse of the town’s rich natural heritage.


A Fab Day Out!

Manchester, a vibrant hub of culture and activity, offers a plethora of attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy before their trip commences.

Explore the iconic Manchester Town Hall, a stunning example of Victorian architecture, or wander through the bustling streets of the Northern Quarter, renowned for its independent boutiques, art galleries, and vibrant street art. Sports enthusiasts can tour the legendary Old Trafford stadium, home to Manchester United, or visit the National Football Museum to delve into the history of the beautiful game. For art lovers, the Whitworth Art Gallery showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and historical works, while the Manchester Art Gallery boasts an impressive array of fine art and decorative pieces. Don’t miss a visit to the lively Spinningfields district, where trendy bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues abound, offering a taste of Manchester’s dynamic nightlife scene.

Onto the bus and a stop off at Rawtenstall is suggested. Explore the East Lancashire Railway, where steam trains chug through stunning countryside. Discover the Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, housed in a Victorian mansion, showcasing local history and contemporary art. Embark on scenic walks along the Irwell Sculpture Trail, winding through woodlands and meadows. Enjoy shopping and dining in the town center’s quaint shops and cafes. Don’t miss the annual Rawtenstall Farmers Market for local produce and crafts. With its blend of culture and outdoor activities, Rawtenstall provides a delightful experience for visitors.

Back on-board, this time all the way to Burnley where there’s plenty to see and do. Explore the fascinating Weavers’ Triangle, a historic area filled with restored mill buildings and canal-side walks. Discover the award-winning Towneley Hall, a stately home surrounded by picturesque parkland and gardens. Take a stroll through Thompson Park, home to ornamental gardens, a boating lake, and a miniature railway. Enjoy cultural experiences at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre, hosting a diverse range of performances throughout the year. Sports enthusiasts can catch a match at Turf Moor, home to Burnley Football Club. Burnley provides a rich tapestry of history, culture, and outdoor leisure activities.

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