Explore The Forest of Bowland


The Forest of Bowland, a designated National Landscape, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This National Landscape covers approximately 803 square kilometres (312 square miles) of picturesque rural landscapes, stretching across Lancashire and into Yorkshire. 

With its rugged fells, ancient woodlands, and rolling hills, the Forest of Bowland offers a truly enchanting escape for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Discover the Forest of Bowland and the Surrounding Area 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Bowland area, where you’ll find a patchwork of diverse landscapes that have been shaped by centuries of human activity and natural processes. From the windswept moorlands of the Bowland Fells to the tranquil valleys of the Ribble and Hodder, the area offers the raw beauty of rural Lancashire.

The Forest of Bowland has a rich history dating back to the 13th century when it served as a royal hunting ground. Today, the area is home to picturesque villages, historic landmarks, and a thriving community of farmers and artisans who are passionate about preserving the unique character of this special place.

Walking and Hiking in the Forest of Bowland

One of the best ways to explore the Forest of Bowland is on foot. Lace up your walking boots and embark on an adventure through the extensive network of footpaths and hiking trails that crisscross this landscape. From gentle strolls to challenging hikes up rugged fells, there’s a route to suit every ability level.

Pendle Hill

One of the most iconic walks in the area is the Pendle Hill climb, which offers breathtaking panoramic views across Lancashire and beyond. This challenging hike is steeped in history and folklore, with links to the infamous Pendle Witch Trials of the 17th century.

River Hodder

For a more leisurely stroll, follow the meandering path along the banks of the River Hodder, taking in the scenery and abundant wildlife. Keep an eye out for kingfishers darting along the riverbank, or even an otter if you’re lucky!

Wildlife Watching in the Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. From rare birds like the merlin to brown hares, there’s always something to spot in this special landscape.

For a unique wildlife-watching experience, head to the Bowland Wild Boar Park, where you can observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Learn about the history of wild boar in the area and the important role they play in the ecosystem.

Discover the Villages of the Forest of Bowland

No visit to the Forest of Bowland would be complete without exploring the villages that dot the landscape. From the picturesque market town of Clitheroe to the hidden gems of Slaidburn and Dunsop Bridge, each village has its own unique character and charm. Stop for a pint in a traditional pub, or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea at a quaint tearoom. 

Plan Your Visit to the Forest of Bowland with Holgates Cottages

With a range of self-catering cottages located in the picturesque villages of Silverdale and Arnside, Holgates Cottage Collection offers the perfect base for exploring the Forest of Bowland.

After a day of exploring the Forest of Bowland, return to your comfortable cottage and relax in the peaceful surroundings. Many of the cottages feature luxurious amenities such as log burners, private gardens, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Book Your Forest of Bowland Getaway

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the wonders of the Forest of Bowland. Book your stay at Holgates Cottages today and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting corner of Lancashire!

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