Trough of Bowland

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

Heading north from Dunsop Bridge brought me in to the heart of the Forest of Bowland. An ex work colleague once wrote a piece about a walk up the River Dunsop where she described the many species of birds she encountered. Inspired I combined this with one of my favourite drives, the sharp v which occupies the Trough of Bowland.

The tarmac road north up the River Dunsop was pleasant enough(only used by the odd farmer and United Utilities) but I was stopped from circling remote Middle Knoll by the warden who said that a Tawney Eagle was nesting up the valley so could not be disturbed. This is unusual but buzzards and oyster catchers are less so. It is certainly a wonderfully peaceful spot and well worth a visit. From Brenand Farm there is a steep climb over the slopes of Whin Fell in to the Trough itself which presented some lovely views in a genuinally wild and remote setting.

From the Trough it is an easy walk back along the road. However there are many detours worth taking including a lovely stretch of riverside from the parking area at Lngden Brook. To me Dunsop Bridge is the best place to be based for a walking break in the Forest of Bowland; the village is lovely, the setting peaceful and the walks of the highest quality.

Recommend: I have not been round Middle Knoll – it would add 1 mile but I suspect worth it.

Download GPX file

Trough of Bowland map


All maps are copyright of Where2Walk © 2020

OS Map: 1/25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 660551. Head up the track before crossing the bridge and head up the Dunsop Valley
Height to Climb: 344 ms (1,128 feet)
Terrain: There are good and clear paths throughout. However much of the walk is on tarmac so I avoided this on the return by taking the riverside track from Langdon and cutting the final corner to Closes Barn
Eating & Drinking: The Puddleducks Post Office and tea shop is lovely with interesting nic nacs and home made cakes.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells above Slaidburn
Ruined castles near Dunsop Bridge
A Circuit of Stocks Reservoir
Places to Stay:


Inn at Whitewell