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Eco Escapes

INTRODUCING ECO ESCAPES Discover Lancashire’s beautiful countryside with a collection of bespoke itineraries which explore the county’s wonderfully diverse natural landscapes

TRAVEL LIGHT Eco Escapes connects Lancashire’s wonderfully wild natural landscapes in a more sustainable way, enabling eco-conscious visitors to refresh, recharge and revive on a sustainable short break

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE We’ve created a collection of itineraries to help you make the most of Lancashire’s outstanding natural landscapes. Sample walking and cycling tours or arts, crafts and foodie tours

WALK THIS WAY Lancashire’s outstanding natural landscapes are criss-crossed with miles of footpaths, bridleways and ancient tracks making them amazing places to explore on foot

ON YOUR BIKE! Explore the quiet country lanes and off-road trails of Lancashire’s rural landscapes on your road bike, MTB or – increasingly – electric bike

FOOD & DRINK With outstanding local produce, a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the nation’s favourite gastropubs, rural Lancashire is a paradise for foodies!


Eco Escapes are all about travelling light and treading carefully in the stunning rural landscapes of Lancashire. They are about leaving the car at home and taking the time to explore new places by public transport, on foot or by bike. They are about discovering the county’s wonderful natural environments and the wildlife that makes its home there. 

Above all, Eco Escapes are about making connections: between town and country; between visitors and residents and between people and nature.

From coast to countryside, river to mountain, lakes to forests, these natural oases comprise a huge diversity of landscapes which are home to an amazing diversity of wildlife.

Eco Escapes connects these landscapes to the rest of the county in a more sustainable way, enabling eco-conscious visitors to refresh, recharge and revive with a sustainable short break in Lancashire’s beautiful green spaces.

sheep grazing by a stream below pendle hill

Sustainable Travel Map

The Eco Escapes Sustainable Travel Map includes details of rail, bus, cycling and walking routes plus cycle and e-bike hire and electric vehicle chargepoints. Click on the map to explore sustainable travel options in Lancashire’s outstanding natural landscapes.

a walker approaches a smelting chimney on the beach near jenny brown's point, silverdale


The good news for visitors from further afield is that both the Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale are easily accessible by regular, reliable train services to the stations at Lancaster, Carnforth, Silverdale, Bentham and Clitheroe.

Eco Escapes are about slowing down, taking your time and tuning into the slower rhythms of nature. They’re about relaxing, resetting and reconnecting with the natural world. In fact, you could call it ‘slow tourism’ and for those who want to linger longer, our sustainable itineraries have plenty of ideas and inspiration to turn a day trip into a short break, a hike into an expedition or a ride into a tour.


Lancashire’s outstanding natural landscapes are the perfect environments to try new experiences – from traditional rural crafts to more surprising country pursuits!

Traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, navigation, mountain biking and rock climbing are always popular. But how about trying your hand at foraging, distilling gin or walking with alpacas?

In spring and summer, watch seasonal migrants like ospreys, warblers and swallows return to nest and walk through drifts of wild flowers in the meadows

In the autumn and winter months, immerse yourself in stunning autumn colours in Silverdale’s native woodlands or join a Dark Skies workshop to find your way around the night sky.

two walkers and a dog exploring the Forest of Bowland fells in lancashire
the fleece inn at dolphinholme in the forest of bowland


There’s plenty of fun activities to cram into a day trip to the Forest of Bowland or Arnside and Silverdale, but making a weekend of it opens up even more options.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious country house hotel, a cosy B&B or a back to nature glamping experience, Lancashire’s rural landscapes have a multitude of places to stay.

Wherever you stay in the countryside, you’re assured of a warm welcome and if you spend the night in one of our cosy ‘away from it all’ B&Bs, the dark skies and rural tranquillity guarantee the best night’s sleep you’ve had for a while.


There’s so much scope for enthusiastic foodies to embark on a gastronomic tour of this productive corner of Britain.

The fertile pastureland of Lancashire is dairy farming country where the county’s distinctive Lancashire cheese is made, while the coastal fringes of Morecambe Bay offer a mix of delicacies including fresh shellfish and salt marsh lamb.

Local produce can be found in local specialist retailers and at the area’s regular markets, with many producers selling artisan products direct from the farm gate.

Farming is still an important aspect of the local economy and the link between food producers and consumers remains intact, with a direct connection from field to fork.

Farmers, landowners and conservation organisations are working together closely to explore more sustainable farming methods while maintaining the region’s rich agricultural legacy to ensure rural Lancashire continues to thrive as a living landscape.

gin still at goosnargh gin in the forest of bowland


We’ve created a collection of bespoke Eco Escapes itineraries to help visitors make the most of their time in Lancashire’s outstanding natural landscapes. Each itinerary focuses on a different area or aspect of the Eco Escapes offer, from walking and cycling tours to railway walks and foodie tours. Choose between exploring nature-rich wildlife reserves, easy woodland walks, challenging upland hikes, exploring local history and great local food and drink from artisan producers at friendly country inns and cafes. 

All of the destinations and experiences are connected by sustainable travel plans which incorporate public transport, walking, cycling or e-bike routes. Find the itinerary that matches your special interests for a day trip or download all of them and start planning a longer visit!