The Forest of Bowland is one of the last remaining upland wildernesses in England – a 300 square mile rural oasis where visitors have the chance to escape the ‘chatter’ of the 21st Century and tune in to the slower rhythms of nature.

The landscape of the Forest of Bowland is the result of hundreds of years of human influence and is of national and international importance because of its unspoiled and richly diverse landscapes, wildlife and heritage, with outstanding heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds.

The area’s resourceful hill farmers are responsible for building and maintaining the dry stone walls, wildflower meadows, country lanes and outlying barns that are so characteristic of Bowland.

The land has traditionally been managed for game hunting and farming since the middle ages and the large country estates have had a huge influence over the development of the area.

Traditional rural skills such as hedge-laying and dry stone walling continue to thrive along with crafts like weaving and basket-making and furniture making.

These are an important component of the area’s heritage and identity and the distinctive hedgelines and walls of Bowland shape the landscape as much as the agriculture which dominates the local economy.

Villages and settlements are few and far between, commercial activity and tourist attractions are minimal and mobile phone coverage remains patchy.

In other words, Bowland is the ideal destination for a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city to reconnect with nature.

Walk for miles across the lonely moorlands with expansive views out over the Yorkshire Dales and Morecambe Bay or cycle on traffic-free quiet lanes.

Lose yourself among the wild uplands and rocky outcrops of millstone grit or immerse yourself in the intimate valleys where nature flourishes through the seasons.

Slaidburn Youth Hostel

Youth Hostel

Slaidburn Youth Hostel Youth Hostel
It is one of the oldest YHA hostels, over 80 years. In addition it has a comfy lounge with an open fire, ideal for the darker nights. It has its own car park This hostel is very popular with cyclists especially those doing the Lands End ... Read More

Coach and Horses

Restaurant / Inn

Coach and Horses Restaurant / Inn
The Coach and Horses, a traditional coaching inn, set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Newly restored to it's original glory, this Grade II listed building comes with it's own micro brewery. Let our ... Read More

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