Beating the Bounds of Bowland: join us for a walk through history

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Grindleton, Lancashire

Lord of Bowland announces first Perambulation of the Forest in 360 years

William, 16th Lord of Bowland, has announced a new ‘Perambulation’ exploring the scenic south-eastern boundary of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Lancashire.

There were Perambulations of Bowland in the 15th and 17th centuries where the Lord’s stewards “beat the bounds” mapping the extent of the Forest and the land of the ten manors within the Liberty of Bowland, including the demesne of Slaidburn with its townships of Newton, West Bradford and Grindleton. 

The last Perambulation was undertaken by General George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle after he was awarded the lordship of Bowland for his role in restoring Charles II to the throne in 1660.

Today, 360 years later, William, 16th Lord of Bowland, has announced a new Perambulation ­– although this 21st century version will be largely symbolic, taking the form of a guided walk from Slaidburn on Sunday, October 2, with all proceeds donated to local charities.

William Bowland together with his heir, Henry of Bowland, will send the group off from the steps of Slaidburn Village Hall and welcome the walkers back at the end of their 10-mile perambulation.

The Route

This challenging circular walk from Slaidburn explores the south-eastern extremities of Bowland, beating the bounds first established under Henry V, Lord King of Bowland (1413-22):

“Then over Bradford and Grindleton moors, to the vaccary of Harrop, which bounds

on south-east side of Bolton-by-Bowland.”

Starting from the car park in Slaidburn, the route traverses the elevated pastures above the village, climbing gently to Harrop Fold, then more steeply through the woods and onto the summit of Bradford Fell.

Event Format

The group will be limited to 50 people who will walk as one group, led around a circular route of approximately 10 miles by an experienced walk leader. Places are available on a first come, first served basis via the Bowland-based ticketing platform Skiddle.

Parking will be at Slaidburn Pay & Display car park with the group assembling in front of the village hall. The walk will last approximately five hours, with the group expected to return to Slaidburn between 3 pm and 4pm. Tea, sandwiches and cakes (for a small fee) will be served in the village hall from 3pm for walkers, friends and family. Everyone who completes the walk will receive a unique lapel badge.


All participants will be asked to make a voluntary donation, with proceeds being split between Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and Champion Bowland, which awards small grants to help fund community schemes in the Forest of Bowland.

Book tickets here:

Places are free, but we suggest a £10 donation per person. Reserve your place via Skiddle using this weblink:

Make a donation

We will be accepting cash donations at the event, but if you would like to make a donation in lieu of cash on the day, you can do this online via the Champion Bowland People’s Fundraising Page.

Walkers in the Forest of Bowland

5th September 2022
in News