The Forest of Bowland

So much of the charm of the Forest of Bowland is the peace and tranquility of the walks, I spent many hours not seeing a soul whilst out walking the area; unusual unless I am on one of the more remote hills of the Dales or Lakes. Sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and the M6 the Forest of Bowland is an undiscovered gem of rounded hills, lovely river valleys, forestry and pretty villages, it is also easy to get to Walks up Pendle Hill, through Gisburn Forest, up in to the Tough of Bowland and along the River Ribble are all included.

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Nicky Nook

  • Easy hill near Lancaster
  • Views defy its height
  • Full of interest and variety

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Moors north of Slaidburn

  • Lonely moorland walking
  • Mix of rough lanes or paths
  • Excellent bird life

Slaidburn Whitendale River

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8.5

Trough of Bowland

  • Best of the Forest of Bowland
  • Plenty of wildlife to spot
  • Enjoy the village of Dunsop Bridge

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6.5

Fells above Slaidburn

  • Contrast farm, moor and riverside
  • The moor offers a great view of the area
  • Wildlife are a constant companion

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2

Exploring Gisburn Forest

  • Good walking in the forest
  • Choice of distance on marked routes
  • Explore on minor paths

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6.5

Ruined castles near Dunsop Bridge

  • Wild, moorland scenery
  • Two ruined castles
  • Delightful riverside walking

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7.5

Pretty villages of the River Ribble

  • Explore the pretty villages near Clitheroe
  • Lovely walking alongside the River Ribble
  • Good views across to Pendle Hill

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6.5

Pendle Hill from Downham

  • Isolated fell with excellent views
  • Start from the pretty village of Downham
  • Enjoy the vast summit plateau

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5

Bentham Heritage Walk

  • Heritage Walk with information boards
  • Great views over Ingleborough
  • Some attractive riverside walking

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5.5

Footsteps of Tolkein

  • Discover Tolkein’s inspiration
  • Where the Hodder meets the Ribble
  • View some lovely old buildings

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