To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Search Accommodation

Accommodation Type
What location?
Or type a Location/Postcode
Name of Establishment
Check-in date
Add Room
Accessibility

Search Things To Do

Type
What location?
Or type a Location/Postcode
Name of Establishment

Search What's On

Date
What location?
Type
Or type a Location/Postcode
Name of Event

Search Food & Drink

Type
What location?
Or type a Location/Postcode
Name of Establishment

Search for Destination

Name of Destinations
What location?
map

Forest of Bowland AONB

Welcome to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and to a unique and captivating part of the countryside. Expanses of sky above dramatic sweeps of open moorland, gentle and tidy lowlands, criss-crossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages, all waiting to be explored!

There is no better way of escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and partaking in some of the most peaceful and remote walking, riding and cycling in the country. Explore some of the many unique villages steeped in history. While away your time observing some of the rare and enigmatic birds and wildlife, or simply indulge in sampling some of the very best local produce the area has to offer.

The Forest of Bowland AONB covers 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire. From Hurst Green in the south to Wennington in the North, the Forest of Bowland is dotted with charming stone villages, some of which date as far back as pre-historic times. People have been living in the parish of Barley for around 3,000 years. Now this pretty, stone village is the perfect place from which to climb imposing Pendle Hill. When you reach the 577-metre summit you’re rewarded with spectacular views of the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland. Other notable villages, include Downham, which has barely been touched since the 16th century. You might recognise it from the blockbuster Whistle Down the Wind, or more recently from the BBC drama Born and Bred. Another village that has remained delightfully traditional is Slaidburn on the banks of the River Hodder. Pop into its Heritage Centre to see the ornate 10th century Angel Stone carving and then visit the 15th century Church of St Andrew.

If you like the idea of exploring the Forest of Bowland in the company of knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, then our Festival Bowland programme offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about the birds, wildlife, landscape and culture of the area. From strenuous hikes over the fells to gentle valley rambles and from fun children's activities to practical skills workshops.

To make the most of your visit, why not stay a while? Bowland has a range of quality accommodation to suit all tastes. Make Bowland your discovery! 

For further information visit forestofbowland.com

Explore Forest of Bowland

Hot Offers

  1. Go Ape Rivington

    Go Ape Rivington

    Save 15% off at Go Ape Rivington!
    Offer valid throughout May 2016,...

  2. Lancaster Castle

    Lancaster Castle

    Two free soft/hot drinks with every two main meals purchased in the cafe ...

  3. Windmill Animal Farm

    Windmill Animal Farm

    HALF PRICE ADULT WITH A FULL PAYING CHILDTerm time only offerMonday to...

  4. SEA LIFE Blackpool

    SEA LIFE Blackpool

    Parent and toddler mid-week ticket for only £11*
    Offer valid for 1 adult...

  5. Blackpool Transport Services Limited

    Blackpool Transport Services Limited

    24 hour ticket offer
    Unlimited use 24 hour ticket offer extended until...

  6. Greenlands Farm Village

    Greenlands Farm Village

    Free Farm Sunday!
    5th June
     
    As part of the nation wide Free Farm Sunday...

  7. The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    Zero Joining Fee
    Join The Health Club at Ribby Hall Village. Promised...

  8. The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    NEOM Body Treatments
    Buy 3 get 1 FREE
     
    Enjoy all four Neom Body...

  9. The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

    Fathers Day Treatment
    Treat your Dad to the 'Its all about Dad'...

  10. Blackpool Resort Pass

    Blackpool Resort Pass

    Blackpool Resort Pass

    Ensure you have the best possible time in...

  11. Glassmonkey Fused Glass

    Glassmonkey Fused Glass

    Half day Glass Taster £49
    You will learn the basics of glass cutting and...

  12. Blackpool High Ropes

    Blackpool High Ropes

    The big half term 'CHILL' - 15% off
    Chill out and swing about with 15% off...

Right now we are...