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.
This three-day itinerary takes you – literally – to the centre of Britain 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.
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.
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 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.
There are seven routes to the top of iconic Pendle Hill 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.
This itinerary combines some of the Forest of Bowland’s iconic climbs in three classic routes which explore the highlights of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in one long weekend. Take your time and take them on individually or combine them in one epic tour of the Forest of Bowland.