2022 Disco Guide

The 2022 Discover Bowland Guide is now available – celebrating the very best the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.

This year's bumper guide has been lovingly produced by the AONB team with input from many of the rural businesses who have bounced back bigger and better from the pandemic.

As well as offering practical advice and information on making the most of their holidays and short breaks in Bowland, the Discover Guide also tells the stories of how many local businesses have refocused and rebuilt during the lockdown and are now embracing new ways of working in the amazing landscapes of the Forest of Bowland.

The AONB is a year-round tourist destination, with miles of footpaths and traffic-free cycle trails and outstanding local produce making it increasingly popular for shoulder season and off-peak holidays. The 116-page Discover guide also includes a series of short break itineraries and useful information on accommodation, hospitality, events and outdoor activity providers.

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This year's guide celebrates a decade of peat restoration up on the Bowland Fells plus 10 years of wildflower regeneration in the natural hay meadows that are such an iconic aspect of the AONB's small scale upland farms.

We've plotted six of the best walking routes on Pendle Hill and pulled together the ultimate Bowland itinerary packed with ideas to make the most of a long weekend or short break in the Forest of Bowland.

We investigate the legacy of Pendle's remarkable radical women and help ourselves to a large slice of Pendle Peat Pie before celebrating Bowland's food heroes: from artisan gin-makers to outstanding local cheese-makers and a food truck with a difference - parked up in one of the most picturesque locations imaginable.

The Discover Guide is the essential guide for everyone who wants to make the most of their time in Bowland, from locals who live in the Forest and want to explore its further-flung reaches to day trippers and visitors who want to get beneath the surface of this unique rural oasis on the Lancashire-Yorkshire Border.

Printed in a pocket-friendly format, the guide will be widely available at tourist information centres, hospitality and accommodation providers and other outlets across the Forest of Bowland AONB. The guide will also be available in digital format online.

The Guide is free, but donations are welcome to Champion Bowland - the charity which supports sustainable tourism, environment and community projects across the AONB.




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On foot, by bike, by day or by night, the Forest of Bowland is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts just waiting to be explored.


We’ve created a collection of bespoke itineraries to help you make the most of your time in Bowland – choose from outdoor adventures, hidden gems and food & drink.


From country fairs to food festivals, the Forest of Bowland enjoy an extremely busy social calendar – and visitors are more than welcome to join in!

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Champion Bowland helped fund the launch of this website, which in turn benefits sustainable tourism businesses across the Bowland AONB.  Champion Bowland provides easily accessible small grants for local projects which benefit the environment, local communities and visitors within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Champion Bowland raises...

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