This 110-mile Bike-packing tour takes in the scenic highlights of the Forest of Bowland and visits many of the towns and villages in a meandering three-day tour of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
This itinerary combines some of the Forest of Bowland’s iconic climbs in three classic routes which explore the highlights of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in one long weekend. Together, they involve more than 3500 metres of ascent in just over 100 miles of cycling.
Base yourself in the bustling market town of Clitheroe for an active weekend of picturesque rides and scenic walks – including a challenging hike to the top of iconic Pendle Hill.
This varied itinerary criss-crosses the scenic Bentham Line railway, which hugs the Lancashire border across the northern boundary of the Forest of Bowland. The line links the iconic Lancashire seaside resort of Morecambe with the West Yorkshire city of Leeds, connecting villages and towns along the Wenning Valley between Wennington and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales at Giggleswick.
This itinerary starts in the market town of Clitheroe and heads straight out into the country lanes of the Forest of Bowland to the pretty village of Dunsop Bridge, where you can walk with alpacas and explore the beautiful Dunsop Valley on foot or by e-bike before heading to Bowland Wild Boar Park for a wide range of family-friendly activities.
Stretching from the high fells of the Bleasdale Horseshoe to the sharply etched ridge of Longridge Fell, the southwestern fringe of the Forest of Bowland combines striking scenery with rich farmland and superb local produce.
This itinerary takes you to the geographical centre of the British Isles and explores the beautiful landscapes and pretty villages of the Forest of Bowland on foot and by bike.
From hiking and mountain biking to foraging and star-gazing, Gisburn Forest, in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a hidden gem with more in common with the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands than the mill towns of urban Lancashire.
This foodie tour starts in Clitheroe – renowned for its bustling market and specialist retailers – before visiting a series of artisan food and drink producers across Lancashire.
This two-day itinerary starts amid the rugged limestone coastline of Silverdale and explores the forests and nature reserves of the AONB whilst winding its way south over the gnarly outcrop of Warton Crag to Carnforth Station.
This itinerary explores the under-the-radar loveliness of the Lune Valley on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB. A short bus or train ride from Lancaster transports you to a landscape of characterful stone villages, verdant riverside paths, shady lanes through ancient woodland and sweeping views of higher, wilder country in the distance.
Stretching across 28 miles of lonely uplands, punctuated with an overnight stop in Slaidburn, this two-day trek takes in some of the most spectacular views in the Forest of Bowland AONB.
This itinerary explores the exhilarating fell-walking opportunities of rugged scarps like Clougha Pike and Tarnbrook Fell and discovers the intimate valleys of Roeburndale, Hindburndale and Grizedale – which reveal a gentler side to the elemental upland landscapes of the Forest of Bowland.
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