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 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, less than a month after the Proclamation of King Charles III, William, 16th Lord of Bowland, hosted a new Perambulation – although this 21st century version was largely symbolic, taking the form of a guided walk from Slaidburn, with all proceeds donated to local charities.
William Bowland together with his heir, Henry of Bowland, Bowbearer Robert Parker and Chief Steward Michael Pugh despatched the group from Slaidburn on their 10-mile perambulation.
Mike Pugh, chair of Champion Bowland said: “It was wonderful to see so many people from across the community come together to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“We have seen a big increase in visitor numbers to the Forest of Bowland in recent years and together with organisations like Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team, we are keen to ensure visitors are made to feel welcome and safe in this stunning natural environment.”
Full story and more images over on the Champion Bowland website.
10th November 2022