Itineraries

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!

Silverdale’s wildlife-rich limestone coast

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

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Family-friendly adventure in the Forest of Bowland

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.

Summit Else: take on mighty Pendle Hill

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Alternative Adventure and Outdoor Activities Service

We deliver professionally run outdoor education and outdoor pursuits activities for the widest possible range of groups. Venues used are around the Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester area. This includes corporate events, management groups, Over 50's clubs, hen parties, stag ...
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Be A Garden Maker

A beautiful small garden centre located in a rural location. Lovely tearoom serving homemade traditional food, dogs welcome. Easy access for limited mobility. Gift shop and reclamation shop in our onsite barns also gives interesting things for our home and ...
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Bentham Golf Course

Bentham Golf Course is a picturesque, family-run 18 hole golf course situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Previously described as ‘a Diamond of the Dales’, Bentham offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities and visitors are ...
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Bowland and Bay

As the Forest of Bowland’s reputation for artisan food spreads across the country, Katie Wilson at Bowland and Bay is showcasing some of Lancashire’s best artisan food and drink After 30 years in various tourism and buying roles, the pandemic ...
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Bowland Wild Boar Park

Nestling beside the River Hodder in a remote valley beneath the rugged ridgeline of the Bleasdale Fells, Bowland Wild Boar Park maintains a tradition dating back to the middle ages – along with a host of fun activities for the ...

Browsholme Hall

The Parker family has been associated with the Forest of Bowland for more than five centuries and their family seat of historic Browsholme Hall is the oldest family home in continuous occupation in Lancashire. Browsholme Hall is a magnificent Grade ...

Dale House Barn Luxury B&B

Michelin-trained chef Dominique Ashford has tuned into the slower rhythms of nature after swapping the top end restaurants of London for wild food and foraging in the Forest of Bowland For a really wild adventure in one of the most ...

Goosnargh Gin

Richard and Rachel Trenchard were quietly building a widely admired brand of artisan gin, distilled and rooted in the landscapes of Bowland – and then the Hairy Bikers dropped in for a quick G&T… After developing an interest in handcrafted ...

NaturesGems Tours

Experienced naturalist and active conservationist Gemma Wren leads small groups on bespoke nature tours of Morecambe Bay and its diverse range of habitats. Owned and operated by practising environment consultant Gemma Wren, NaturesGems Tours offers immersive wildlife experiences in some ...

Ribble Valley E-Bikes

Based in Dunsop Bridge in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, Ribble Valley e-bikes has a fleet of electric bikes available for visitors to hire and explore Bowland straight from the shop. Ribble Valley E-bike Hire is based in ...