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Forest of Bowland

AONB Trough of Bowland

The forest of Bowland also termed the trough is an ancient and historic Royal hunting ground, in medieval times the term forest was used to denote a royal hunting area. This part of the Northwest is today classified as an AONB which for those not from the UK means Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The forest of Pendle is also part of this area, Bowland is actually a surviving remnant of an ancient forest that at one time included Sherwood Forest and stretched right down to Wiltshire and the New forest in Hampshire.

It is a picturesque area consisting of open moorlands, wooded hollows and streams intermingled with farmland and sheep pastures. The area is excellent for walking and cycling, the Pendle witch way runs through the area running from Pendle Hill to the edge of Lancaster and covers 45 miles, the Lancashire cycle way also runs along the parks eastern edge.

The main towns in the area are Clitheroe and Slaidburn other villages include Newton, Whitwell and Dunsop bridge. Clitheroe has a very good tourist information office with leaflets covering all aspects of the area, there is also a Bowland visitor Centre at Beacon fell.

Activities in Forest of Bowland

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