Free booklet helps walkers explore countryside

WALKERS keen to explore further afield but not wanting to get the car out will love a new free booklet from local bus company Transdev.

Produced by one of the area’s leading countryside writers, Colin Speakman, the booklet aims to help walkers explore the beautiful countryside areas which can be reached using Transdev’s buses, mainly in Pendle but also in neighbouring Ribble Valley and as far as Skipton. It is being distributed free of charge from the bus company’s offices and tourist information centres and libraries throughout the area.

The 24-page booklet features walks and days out that can be enjoyed using the company’s Mainline services and is designed to take advantage of the £5 Silver Day unlimited travel ticket.

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It suggests five walks that can be enjoyed using the Mainline services. For example, there are walks around Clitheroe, Gisburn, Sabden, Foulridge, Thornton-in-Craven, and Laneshaw Bridge. There are also brief guides to some of the towns, villages and attractions in the area, such as Whalley Abbey, that provide an excellent focus for serious and casual walkers

Colin Speakman explained: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Transdev on the booklet. Mainline services pass through some of the most beautiful areas in East Lancashire. The Mainline and Lancashire United routes pass through an astonishing contrast in scenery, from the busy towns, through rich pasture and parkland, to heather moors and high summits.

“In just a few minutes you are in the real countryside, magnificent walking country which is yours to explore for a full day or just an afternoon.”

Mainline’s Marketing Director Nigel Eggleton commented: “We are delighted to have worked with Colin and his son Dorian on the booklet. We think it’s an excellent way to enjoy our buses.

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“You can not only relax, but because seating is higher up than in a car, you enjoy far better, uninterrupted views across walls and hedges. And there’s a much lower carbon footprint so it’s better for the environment!”

“You can get off the bus at one of several attractive locations for lunch, afternoon tea or to take a pleasant walk. No need to worry about where to park, if you are a walker you can plan a linear walk without having to retrace your steps back to a parked vehicle, just pick up the bus at the next place along the route.”