The Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sometimes called ‘Bowland Fells’ and once dubbed the ‘Switzerland of England’, is a stunning area of rolling fells on the western edge of the Pennines.

Sitting mostly on the Eastern edge of Lancashire and partly into North Yorkshire, much of Bowland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is also a Special Protection Area partly due to the breeding of hen harries.

Bowland offers 312 square miles of beautiful rolling hills, deep valleys and picturesque villages.  We have explored the the area for many years and are now able to provide you some of our favourite walks.

Click on the map for an area you fancy;

BLUE are easy

ORANGE are slightly more challenging

RED are quite challenging

Forest of Bowland walks

Pendle Hill walk

River Hodder walk

Marles Wood

Fair Snape Fell

Nicky Nook walk

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Clougha Pike

Hodder Bank Fell walk

Norber Erratics

Nicky Nook walk

Littledale

Nicky Nook

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Langden Valley

Tolkien Trail

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Abbeystead

Beacon Hill from Holden

Clitheroe walk

Ingleborough

Stocks Reservoir

Sawley

Hurst Green walk

Beacon Fell

Langden and Haredon

Stang Top Moor

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Slaidburn Waterfall

Parkers Arms walk

Whin Fell

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Clougha Pike

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Tolkien Trail - Hurst Green

Pendle Hill walk

Wiswell Moor

Birk Bank Quarry

Whelp Stone Crag

Littledale walk

Whins Brow walk

Caton Moor

Grindleton Fell

Whitewell walk

Ward's Stone walk

Trough of Bowland walk

Chipping walk

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Safety notice

Our walks are provided as a guide only, sometimes we make mistakes and find ourselves taking a wrong turn.  Make sure you have a paper map at all times as GPS device can fail, and always tell somebody where you are going.

Please contact us here if you would more information about any of the walks.

For more information about safety on the fells visit Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Trust.

Have fun and stay safe!

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