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About Forest of Bowland

Despite the name, the Forest of Bowland doesn’t have that many trees. This spectacular area of sharp valleys and open moorland stretches out across the north-west of England, with parts of it in Lancashire and Yorkshire. It’s a haven for walkers and one of the oldest landscapes in the country. Dotted across the Forest of Bowland are a number of tiny villages, home to traditional farmhouses and the odd local pub.

Exploring this area evokes what England used to look like a few thousand years ago. There was once an unbroken wilderness stretching from here to Sherwood Forest, but these valleys are one of few places to be left wild, as foxes and grouse continue to roam freely. The flat summit of Pendle Hill rises to one side, while a horseshoe of peaks on the western boundary provides countless options for hikers. Very close to the Whitendale Hanging Stones, visitors can stand at the geographic centre of Britain, or find exceptional views at Ward’s Stone towards the Ribble Valley and Lake District.

The Bowland Visitor Centre can be found in Beacon Fell Country Park, in the south of the Forest of Bowland. There is also a specific visitors centre for the Pendle area, situated in Colne. Most of the area is protected, and there are only a handful of local roads across the Forest of Bowland. Almost everyone is hiking between destinations, setting off from villages like Slaidburn and Bolton by Bowland. To reach the Forest of Bowland by public transport, the easiest places to start are Lancaster to the west and Clitheroe to the south.

The landscapes of the Forest of Bowland are better understood through their modern colloquial name, Bowland Fells. “Forest” had a different meaning when the area was named in the latter part of the first millennium AD, meaning a “royal hunting ground”.

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Littlebank Country House

Littlebank Country House
Address
Rathmell, England
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Exceptional, 10.0
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Situated in Rathmell, Littlebank Country House is within a 10-minute drive of Yorkshire Dales National Park and provides on-site parking. Guests can also make use of complimentary Wi-Fi.

Green Bank Farmhouse

Green Bank Farmhouse
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Lancaster, England
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Exceptional, 10.0
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Located in Lancaster, Green Bank Farmhouse is an easy drive from Ribble Valley and offers on-site parking. It also features a swimming pool, a terrace and free Wi-Fi.

Derby Arms Chipping

Derby Arms Chipping
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Chipping, England
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Superb, 9.3
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Derby Arms Chipping is ideally situated in a peaceful village setting, just a short car ride from Preston and Goosnargh.

The Red Pump Inn Clitheroe

The Red Pump Inn Clitheroe
Address
Waddington, England
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Superb, 9.1
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The Red Pump Inn Clitheroe provides modern 3-star accommodation in Clitheroe. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi throughout their stay.

Clerk Laithe Lodge

Clerk Laithe Lodge
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Clitheroe, England
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Exceptional, 9.9
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Clerk Laithe Lodge offers 4-star accommodation in Clitheroe. It also provides a tour desk, a ticket service and an airport shuttle.

The Fenwick Steak & Seafood Pub

The Fenwick Steak & Seafood Pub
Address
Hornby, England
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Superb, 9.2
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The Fenwick Steak & Seafood Pub has 9 rooms and features a swimming pool. It also offers luggage storage and a terrace.

Middle Flass Lodge

Middle Flass Lodge
Address
Bolton-by-Bowland, England
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Middle Flass Lodge provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Bolton-by-Bowland. It also features wireless internet, a tour desk and a ticket service.

Higher Buck Inn

Higher Buck Inn
Address
Waddington, England
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Higher Buck Inn is situated in Clitheroe and features complimentary Wi-Fi. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

Merrybent Hill B&B

Merrybent Hill B&B
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Chipping, England
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Within a 75-minute car trip of Blackpool International Airport, Merrybent Hill B&B provides a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. It also offers luggage storage, a concierge and a 24-hour reception.

Knotts Farm Holiday Cottages

Knotts Farm Holiday Cottages
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Lancaster, England
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Knotts Farm Holiday Cottages is located in Lancaster and features free Wi-Fi. It also offers a terrace.

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