Discover the wilder side of Lancashire & North Yorkshire

Relax, recharge and reconnect with nature among 300 square miles of pristine upland landscapes in The Forest of Bowland National Landscape.

  • Step into a walker's paradise

Reconnect and Recharge

Escape the ‘chatter’ of the 21st Century and tune in to the slower rhythms of nature on a digital detox in the the Forest of Bowland

bluebells in the wood

About the Forest of Bowland National Landscape

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

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 all sorts of options. Whether you’re ...

A Diamond Year to Discover Bowland 

Walkers negotiating the stepping stones over the river Hodder at Whitewell, Clitheroe, Lancashire. 2024 marks 60 years since the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding ...

Forest of Bowland set to sparkle in February

The Forest of Bowland National Landscape (formerly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and is marking the occasion with a brand-new photography exhibition alongside its ...

Welcome to England’s new National Landscapes!

Today marks a very special occasion when all designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England and Wales - including the Forest of Bowland – become National Landscapes. This ...

Get closer to nature

The Forest of Bowland is an oasis for wildlife where visitors can still see species which have become scarce in the rest of England

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.

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.