A NEW Sunday bus service into the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be launched this month.

The 'Coast and Cove Dale bus 881 will run from Morecambe and Lancaster through the Trough of Bowland to Dunsop Bridge and onto Slaidburn.

It will then head north to Settle and Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The new service will run every Sunday and bank holiday from April 21 to October 20.

Hetty Byrne, sustainable tourism officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB, said: "This new summer Sunday bus service will be a fantastic opportunity to leave the car behind and discover some of Lancashire and Yorkshire's most beautiful landscapes.

"With so many footpaths, picnic spots, pubs and cafes to choose from – not to mention the amazing views – the route from the Morecambe coast to Malham Cove should be a real treat."

The bus will leave Lancaster bus station at 8.45am and 2.25pm and will leave from Settle Market Place at 11.55am and 5.15pm.

A day ticket for the Sunday and bank holiday DalesBus network is £10, with a family ticket at £18, and a privilege ticket at £8 for students, railcard holders and elderly/disabled bus pass holders.