Exploring Mainline to Skipton

Exploring Mainline - Burnley to Skipton

From town and country in East Lancashire to Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales – with easy ‘Sky Class’ Witchway connections from and to Manchester

We begin our journey in Burnley, one of Lancashire’s most prominent mill towns and appropriately for a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, in 2013 it was named as the most enterprising place in Britain – but Burnley is about more than industry.


Burnley Football Club competes in the Premier League. Known as the ‘Clarets’ after the dark red of its home strip, it’s played at Turf Moor for almost 140 years. Take our 8 or Irwell Line buses to Towneley Rock Lane to discover Towneley Hall, a beautiful period house set in 445 acres of parkland – or Climb Crown Point Moor to see and hear the ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ sculpture, named in the world’s top 10 pieces of ‘sound art’.

We leave Burnley and head along Colne Road, passing the Prestige Retail Park, through Brierfield and Nelson.

We soon arrive at Colne – discover the story of this former cotton town at its Heritage Centre in the Library close to our Market Street stop and follow the Colne Heritage Trail to walk in the footsteps of famous residents including Olympic cycling gold medal winner Steven Burke and the band leader on the Titanic, Wallace Hartley.

We pass Foulridge Reservoir – hop off at St Michael’s School for a circular walk to see nature up close in this birdwatcher’s paradise – and reach Barnoldswick, affectionately known as ‘Barlick’, and one of only seven towns crowned as one of the country’s leading high streets, with the UK’s second highest concentration of independent shops. On your right as we leave is the Rolls Royce factory, maker of jet aircraft engines since 1943.

We pass Earby, historically part of the old West Riding of Yorkshire and in Lancashire since 1974, and then cross today’s boundary between the Red and White Rose Counties.


In a few minutes we reach our destination, Skipton – offering a famous market along its High Street on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, plus one of England’s best-preserved castles, walks and boat trips on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal plus a great choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Change buses here for our route 72 to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, now enjoying new fame as the main filming location for Channel Five’s popular revival of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, following the adventures of country vets in 1930s and 1940s Yorkshire.


Many popular attractions offer money off admission fee or your bill with your bus ticket as part of our #TransdevTreats programme. Check here for our up-to-date list of our partners. Ask your driver to print you a Transdev Treats voucher and just show them at the destination to get your discount.