Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Splendid Trip Through the Trough of Bowland

I went as a passenger recently on another of the Coach Trips run by Woods Coaches of Leicester, the company from whom I hire coaches for my own excursions.

This time it was a tour through the Trough of Bowland.

After leaving Leicester, we made our way North Westwards and made a stop at Sandbach Services. I was able to partake of a good breakfast there.

Then it was further North, stopping at Lancaster. While there I had a coffee and scone at one of my favourite tea shops, the Old Bell in Bashful Alley.

The journey through the Forest of Bowland, and the part known as the Trough of Bowland, runs through rather remote territory, but it is no less beautiful for that. We made a brief stop at Langdon Water and were going to stop briefly at the tiny settlements of Dunsop Bridge and Whitewell, but amazingly for a weekday afternoon there was a wedding going on at each of the churches.

We stopped at Clitheroe, where I saw a fair amount of the town by hopping on a town circular bus and naturally had a coffee, this time at the pleasant Apricot Meringue tea shop.

Then it was back down through Yorkshire, stopping at Woodall Services, before returning to Leicester.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the day.