New bus service connects Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales

A new bus service connecting villages across the Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales enters service on Monday, April 8, 2024. Operated by 21 Transport, the new Service 11 Bus is jointly funded by Lancashire County Council, Ribble ...

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 Natural Beauty and coincides with celebrating our new name as ...

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 annual Dark Skies Festival. Covering 800 square kilometres (300 sq ...

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 new designation recognises the vital role our 46 National Landscapes ...
Terrain Hopper All Terrain Wheelchair in the Forest of Bowland AONB

Go-anywhere wheelchairs open up access to the Forest of Bowland for all abilities

All-Terrain Wheelchair demonstration day enables mobility-impaired nature lovers to explore the great outdoors Gisburn Forest in the Forest of Bowland hosted one of the largest gatherings of All-Terrain Wheelchair (ATW) manufacturers and access organisations to promote inclusive access to the ...

Photo Exhibition celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Forest of Bowland AONB

Owl © Steve Bradley Great Crested Grebes © Mark Harder Bentham Big Stone © Andy Ward Entries are now open for an exciting new photography competition which will showcase landscape, portrait and nature photography in the Forest of Bowland Area ...
Walkers beating the bounds of the forest of Bowland

Historic guided walk revives an ancient countryside tradition

Popular ‘beating the bounds' perambulation to become an annual celebration of the outstanding landscape of the Forest of Bowland An ancient tradition which was revived after an absence of more than 350 years will again take place in the Forest ...
The Eco Escapes Team with their Chamber Low Carbon Award

Eco Escapes sustainable tourism initiative wins green business award

The Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership has won a prestigious Chamber Low Carbon Award for its ground-breaking Eco Escapes sustainable tourism initiative. In the very first Lancashire Business Environment Awards ceremony at Crow Wood Hotel & Spa in Burnley, the ...
Seek Out Festival Flier

Family-friendly new Festival aims to build on the legacy of Cloudspotting

Join us this summer to Seek Out a big family adventure – filled with music, arts, and family-friendly activities in the Forest of Bowland. Located in the beautiful Gisburn Forest, SEEKOUT arts and music festival aims to bring an eclectic ...
Guided walk in the Forest of Bowland

Walks, talks and workshops – what’s on in Bowland this summer?

Summer is always a busy time in the Festival Bowland programme and this year is no exception. A riot of colour and buzzing with life, Bowland's traditional hay meadows are true havens during the summer months – and there are ...

Bowland Businesses celebrate green tourism awards at ecotourism ‘Summit’

Rural businesses across Lancashire celebrated winning a raft of green tourism awards in recognition of their efforts to make tourism more sustainable via the Eco Escapes responsible tourism initiative. Eco Escapes is designed to build momentum behind a new model ...

Watch Spring unfold in the Forest of Bowland

What's on in the Forest of Bowland this springtime? Has Sir David Attenborough's amazing #WildIsles inspired you to get outside in nature this springtime?Here are some ideas for you! It's a delight to be in Bowland during the spring-time months ...

2023 Discover Bowland Guide now available!

Rural businesses are encouraging visitors to explore Forest of Bowland AONB all year round with the launch of the 2023 Discover Bowland guide Star-studded night skies over the Forest of Bowland AONB As the Forest of Bowland launches its 2023 ...
dark skies discovery in bowland

Go stargazing in the half term holidays!

Join the Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership during half-term and raise your gaze skywards to celebrate the beauty of Bowland after dark This year's Bowland Dark Skies Festival not only offers a helping hand to navigate the stars, it's also ...
Walkers beating the bounds of the forest of Bowland

Historic walk raises funds for Mountain Rescue and local charities

A group of more than 30 keen walkers has completed a new ‘Perambulation’ of the ancient boundaries of the Forest of Bowland – exploring the scenic south-eastern boundary of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Lancashire. There were ...

Take a sustainable Eco Escape this winter

Lancashire's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty unite to encourage sustainable short breaks in the Forest of Bowland and Arnside & Silverdale The Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty are year-round destinations where the changing ...