Star gazing holidays

The landscapes of the Forest are captivating by day but after the sun sets there’s a whole new world to discover in the dark skies over Bowland.

The night skies over Bowland have recently been recognized as some of the darkest in England and granted official status as Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

Many of the earth’s companion planets in the solar system: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus are visible at various times of year, as are more distant objects like the Orion Nebula and the Great Galaxy in Andromeda.

There are four designated Dark Sky Discovery sites within the AONB – all of which have parking and plenty of room to observe the sky:

Beacon Fell Country Park

Gisburn Forest Hub

Slaidburn Village Car Park

Crook o’ Lune Picnic Site 

  • Find an organized star-gazing event:

https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events 

  • Find Dark Skies friendly accommodation:

https://www.forestofbowland.com/star-gazing

Dale House Barn and B&B

Bed and breakfast

www.dalehousebarn.co.uk

A Beautiful and rural farmhouse bed and breakfast located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. Superbly comfortable rooms, delicious evening meals and cookery and game butchery courses by Dominique who is a Michelin trained chef and Andrew.

Hearty breakfasts with homemade bread, granola and preserves, eggs from our hens and locally sourced bacon and sausages. Packed lunches, hampers and picnics are also available. A perfect location for exploring the Forest of Bowland.

Capacity 3 rooms Prices from £75-£115 per night

Dale house barn and B&B, Dale head farm, Slaidburn, Lancashire, BB7 4TS 01200411095

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Eldroth House Holiday Cottages

Self-catering accommodation

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Eldroth House is a superb stone built property in the idyllic rural village of Eldroth. It offers extremely well furnished and spacious one and two bedroom accommodation close to the market town of Settle, and is perfectly placed for exploring the beauty of the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

The tranquil gardens with running stream and small orchard are ideal for relaxing after a day’s walking, cycling, sightseeing or shopping. We provide everything you need to make your stay peaceful and enjoyable. After the sun sets there’s a whole new world to discover in the dark skies over Bowland and we are a Dark Sky Friendly business.

Our first Guests described the Barn as ‘a little piece of heaven’! It is the

perfect romantic getaway for couples. At the end of the day, sink into the comfy, super king sized bed and maybe do some dark sky star gazing!

Some of our latest Guests said ‘Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cottage. If only other property owners shared your ideals we would never be disappointed! You have everything so perfect, location, comfort and that extra special touch.’ Your four legged friends are welcome in the Cottage too!

Capacity Cottage 2 rooms for 4 people, Barn 1 room for 2 people Prices from 2020 £69-£105 per night. Discounts for full week stays.

Eldroth House, Eldroth, Austwick, Lancaster, North Yorkshire LA2 8AQ 07590252725

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Dale House Camping Barn

Comfortable barn for group accomodation or business events pricing information for events and meetings.

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Our charming barn is available for groups of up to 14 people. It has 2 mezzanine sleeping areas, a large double height dining and seating area with a log burning stove. There is a small kitchen, 2 toilets and 2 showers. A private south facing garden affords fantastic views over the meadows towards Stocks reservoir and Gisburn forest.

The barn is also a great space for entertaining or business meetings with a focus on good food and enjoyment of the outdoors. It can be booked for private catered events and meetings.

Capacity 14 people over a semi open plan space. Prices from Sole occupancy £195 per night minimum 2 night stay. Contact us directly for

Dale House barn and B&B, Dale head farm, Dale head, Slaidburn, BB7 4TS 01200411095

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Peaks and Pods

Self Catering Glamping

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Perfectly positioned on a small dairy farm in North Yorkshire, these five camping pods are in a league of their own. These cedar-clad beauties boast panoramic views, well-appointed terraces, and comfortable double beds. All the pods also have their own private bathrooms (either ensuite or just a short stroll away), but the luxury doesn’t stop there. Two of these beautiful pods even have their own hot tubs. The eco-conscious owners have earned themselves a Green Tourism ‘Gold Award’ for commitment to sustainability.

The pods guarantee a cosy night’s sleep with great insulation, heating and double-glazed doors and windows - this is definitely a few steps up from regular camping. Each one is nestled into its own bank next to a dry stone wall to protect you from the elements, should they decide to be unkind.

Inside there is a fully-equipped kitchenette and tasteful crockery, along with an array of utensils, and stowaway wooden tables and chairs. Sleeping up to four (five at a push in the Green Top pods), each has a handmade double bed with a pocket-sprung mattress and sofa bed - ideal for adventurous families. Bedding and towels are provided. Each pod has its own fire bowl that doubles as a barbecue and comes with free kiln-dried wood - just add marshmallows!

Wander round the site and you’ll be happy to discover 'The Hub', a fantastic all-weather communal space that comes complete with a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s a great place to relax and socialise.

Capacity 5 pods, each accommodating four people Prices from £80 per night to £150 per night

Boustagill Farm Rathmell Settle North Yorkshire BD24 0LJ 07724940709

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Merrybent Hill Luxury B&B

Luxury B&B with Evening Meals

www.merrybent-hill.com

Luxury characterful B&B in the Forest of Bowland outside the quaint village of Slaidburn, with stunning rural views, log fires and amazing luxury accommodation.

Our superking bedroom has glorious far reaching views across the valley to Pendle Hill, and has a luxurious contemporary ensuite with large bath and separate walk in rain shower. Our double bedroom has a large separate luxury private bathroom also with walk in rain shower. We have a guest sitting room with log burning stove.

At breakfast enjoy fresh fruit, cereals, danish pastries, yoghurts, and juices followed by full English or other hot choices including pancakes. On sunny warm days we serve breakfast outside on the patio. We also serve freshly home cooked evening suppers.

Capacity 2rooms / 4 people Prices from £100-£170

Merrybent Hill, Catlow Road, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, BB7 3AQ 01200 446722

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Height Top Farm Holiday Cottages

Self Catering Holiday cottages

www.heighttopfarm.co.uk

Height Top Farm Holiday Cottages are set in beautiful open countryside close to Pendle Hill and in the forest of Bowland AONB.Perfect for those wanting to escape a hectic lifestyle. The cottages were once the original farmhouse and have been restored keeping many original features without compromising comfort. Nearby walking, cycling fishing and golf are some of the activities our guests may choose but you could just as easily chill out and relax.

Capacity 2x1 bed cottages sleeping 2 adults in each Prices from Rates from £380 per week

Height Top Farm Stump Hall Road, Higham Lancashire, BB12 9BU 01282772009

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Bowland Wild Boar Park

Farm Park Attraction

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Bowland Wild Boar Park is set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and offers a brilliant and fun day out with the family. Enjoy a picnic or go for a ramble around the footpaths of the park whilst viewing Wild Boars, Llamas, Meerkats, Ostriches and many more animals.

See the animals, explore their habitats and meet our smaller residents in the animal petting area. Adventure around the 62 acres, by foot or tractor rides, taking in our lovely nature trails and views. Don’t forget to refuel in our refurbished café and Ice Cream Parlour.

We also have our Rare Breed meat sales in the shop. Indoor activities come rain or shine in the Barn and Education Centre next to the Playground.*

  • Ice Cream Parlour and Café serving homemade food (Take away only)
  • Barrel, Tractor and Trailer rides *
  • Lamb Feeding, Chick Holding *
  • Tank Experience
  • See Llamas, Red Deer, Ostriches and lots more!
  • Camping pods
  • Mobility scooter/Tramper available to book

Our 5 Camping pods are a great way to experience the outdoors without the need for a tent. All you need to bring is your camping equipment and bedding. Hire one of our camping pods and not only enjoy the Wild Boar Park but also use it as a base for exploring the Forest of Bowland.

Set in a picturesque setting within easy walking distance to the main Park.

* Please note these activities may not be available due to Covid-19 restrictions

Capacity 5 Camping Pods Prices from £50.00

Bowland Wild Boar Park Leagram Chipping Preston PR3 2QT 01995 61075

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Cobden View self catering cottage

Visitor accommodation

www.cobdenview.co.uk

Cobden View cottage is set in its own grounds with glorious panoramic views of Sabden valley and Pendle Hill in the Forest of Bowland. Through its windows, you can also see sheep and cattle (plus some hens and geese) that graze the hillside fields at Cobden Farm. The well-equipped cottage, with two bedrooms, can sleep up to five people and a baby. There's a spacious lounge with a log burner, a dining kitchen with plenty of room, a shared four-piece bathroom and a utility room. All have lots of extras aimed at making your stay special.

Well-behaved dogs are more than welcome. The private rear garden has decking area ideally sited for al fresco meals, or just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful scenery. On clear nights, it's perfect for Dark Skies gazing.

Walk from the door of Cobden View onto public footpaths close by that link with others criss-crossing Sabden valley. The cottage is a mile from Sabden with its two shops, including a Post Office; Sanwitches cafe in the former mill; a beauty salon Ella-Mia; and two pubs. For children, there's a lovely play park and grass play area next to Sabden Brook where they can paddle. A Sabden Treasure Trail leaflet, produced by the Pendle Hill Landscape project, is a great way to discover the village.

Location-wise, the cottage is not far from Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and Southport seasides (less than an hour's drive), the Yorkshire Dales and West Pennine Moors (an hour); M65 (10-15 mins); A59 (10 mins).

Capacity 4/5 people Prices from £340 - £570 per week

Cobden Farm Sabden Clitheroe BB79ED 01282 776285

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Little Oakhurst Luxury Glamping

Luxury Glamping

www.littleoakhurst.com

Do you desire a night of peace and quiet? Want to relax under the stars in your very own Luxury yurt with a wood fired hot tub? If you do, then Little Oakhurst is the place for you. From the moment you arrive on the farm, you are made to feel part of the family. The yurt is tastefully decorated with scrumptious home-made Nana’s cake on arrival and fresh milk from the cows. You can kick off your shoes, light the fire and snuggle under the blankets. Each Yurt has its own luxury bathroom facilities, one with a roll top bath. So, throw open the doors and admire the view!

There is an outdoor kitchen, with everything provided and an outdoor fire pit to cook on. The only thing you need to bring is your clothes and personal belongings. You can even order Farmhouse Hampers- you will really feel pampered. The yurts are nestled within a secluded part of the farm with panoramic views of the Infamous Pendle Hill. Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, behind Stonyhurst College and along the Tolkien's Walk. All within easy reach of Clitheroe and Hurst Green. But if don’t want to explore, you’re always welcome to help Farmer Andy – milking time starts at 5am!

Capacity 2 Yurst- cayrs for 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children Prices from £130- discounts available for 2+ nights

OVER HACKING FARM Stonyhurst BB7 9PY 07908614736

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