We’ve created a collection of itineraries to help visitors make the most of their time in Bowland. Each itinerary focuses on a different area of the AONB, with some focusing on outdoor adventures and activities, hidden gems and food & drink. Find the one that matches your special interests for a day trip or download them all and start planning a longer visit!
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 depart from Carnforth Station
Starting in Clitheroe, head 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 farm.
Are you ready to tackle the climb to the summit of Pendle Hill – one of the most iconic hills in the whole of Lancashire? Starting in Clitheroe, this challenging car-free hike promises stunning views and a real sense of achievement.
Journey to the Centre of the Kingdom!
This three-day itinerary takes you – literally – to the centre of the kingdom and goes on to explore some of the beautiful landscapes and pretty villages of the Forest of Bowland on foot and by bike. It’s an ideal short break for active couples or adventurous families.
Gisburn Forest and Stocks Reservoir Adventure
In the hills above Slaidburn there’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Walking, trail-running, mountain-biking, fly fishing and birding are all on the agenda for visitors with a taste for adventure. There’s also a Tramper Trail for outdoor enthusiasts with restricted mobility.
Fields, Fells and Fabulous Local Food
The southwestern fringe of the Forest of Bowland combines striking scenery with rich farmland and superb local produce. Local cheeses are a speciality, but you’ll also find artisan pies, cooked meats, bread and confectionary in the many local shops and cafes.
The Hidden Bowland Dales
The fells that dominate the skyline above Lancaster are the highest in Bowland and while rugged hills like Clougha Pike and Tarnbrook Fell offer exhilarating fell-walking opportunities, the intimate valleys of Roeburndale, Hindburndale and Grizedale reveal a gentler side to the elemental upland landscapes of Bowland.
The Secrets of Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill forms the boundary between urban Lancashire and the wild countryside to the north. There are seven routes to the top and many more through the pretty villages and valleys nearby. Whether you’re on the trail of the witches, looking for a new challenge, or just want to admire the view from the summit, your epic Pendle Hill adventure starts here.
The Ultimate Bowland Activity Holiday
This action-packed five-day break explores some of the beautiful landscapes and pretty villages of the Forest of Bowland. It’s the perfect itinerary for couples or adventurous families to discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on foot and by bike.