Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964 because the landscape was thought to be of national importance and worthy of protection.
On our doorstrp is the wonderful Gisburn forest which is full of walking and biking trails and also Stocks reservoir which is popular with fishermen and walkers alike and is a delightful 8 mile circuit from the house.
The drive (or cycle) out over the fell and Cross O Greet take you through fantasic moorland landscapes and into the pretty villages of Slaidburn, Newton and then either to the Trough of Bowland for fantastic views, hill walking and tea shops or to the small Ribble Valley town of Clitheroe, where there are wonderful shops and a castle.
Forest of Bowland itineraries to help visitors make the most of their time in Bowland. Each itinerary focuses on a different area of the AONB, with some focusing on outdoor adventures and activities, hidden gems and food & drink.
Find the one that matches your special interests for a day trip or download all and start planning a longer visit!
In the hills above the picturesque village of Slaidburn there’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts just waiting to be explored. Walking, trail-running, mountain-biking, fly fishing and birding are all on the agenda for visitors with a taste for adventure. There’s even an easily accessible Tramper Trail for outdoor enthusiasts with restricted mobility.
This three-day itinerary takes you – literally – to the centre of the kingdom and goes on to explore some of the beautiful landscapes and pretty villages of the Forest of Bowland on foot and by bike. It’s an ideal short break for active couples or adventurous families.
The southwestern fringe of the Forest of Bowland combines striking scenery with rich farmland and superb local produce. Local cheeses are a speciality, but you’ll also find artisan pies, cooked meats, bread and confectionary in the many local shops and cafes.
Pendle Hill forms the boundary between urban Lancashire and the wild countryside to the north. There are at least seven different routes to the top and a wealth of walks through the pretty villages and picturesque valleys surrounding the hill. Whether you’re on the trail of the witches, in search of a new challenge, or simply want to admire the view from the summit, your epic Pendle Hill adventure starts here.