Discover the wilder side of Lancashire & North Yorkshire

Relax, reset and reconnect with nature among 300 square miles of pristine upland landscapes in The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Discover an oasis for wildlife
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About the forest of Bowland AONB

The Forest of Bowland may be a long way off the beaten track, but Ordnance Survey cartographers have identified it as the centre point of Great Britain.

Where to Stay

Plan a short break in Bowland There’s plenty of fun activities to cram into a day trip to the Forest of Bowland, but making a weekend of it opens up ...

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A truly delicious destination

Discover specialist independent food retailers, thriving markets and artisan producers on a foodie foray through this mouth-watering corner of England.

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2022 Discover Bowland Guide Now Available!

The 2022 Discover Bowland Guide is now available – celebrating the very best the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer. This year's bumper guide has ...

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Foraging, cookery and mountain biking courses at dale house barn

Dale House Barn has published dates for an exciting range of courses covering everything from bread making to mountain biking. Proprietor Dominique Ashford has recently built a new demonstration kitchen ...

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Calling all amateur photographers

Bowland through the Seasons photo competition will showcase the landscapes and wildlife of the AONB and there are some fantastic prizes on offer. We'd love you to share images that ...

Choose your adventure

On foot, by bike, by day or by night, the Forest of Bowland is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts just waiting to be explored.