Explore the Forest of Bowland

‘The essential landscape character of the Forest of Bowland is one of grandeur and isolation’.

These are the words of the National Association for AONBs – Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, of which the Forest of Bowland is just one of 33 in England.

As a nationally important area for nature conservation, a further 13% of the Forest of Bowland is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and much of the Bowland Fells is designated as a Special Protection Area under the European Birds Directive.

As well as natural beauty, Bowland has an interesting history and some fascinating features. For example, it was once used as a royal hunting ground, the Romans built a fort at Ribchester and nearby Rimington Lead Mines (long disused), together with many mills, brought industry to the area for  centuries.

According to the Ordnance Survey, Dunsop Bridge is the official centre of the British Isles. Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes unveiled a phone box with a plaque announcing the village’s claim to fame in 1992. The 100,000th phone box to be installed in the UK, villagers successfully fought off a plan by BT to remove this famous landmark in 2008.

Sometimes you can walk all day and not see a single person, that’s the beauty of the Forest of Bowland.

Some sections of the site are being built but you are welcome to browse

Some recent walks in Bowland

A bird’s eye view of the Forest of Bowland