BEACON FELL COUNTRY PARK
One of the first country parks
to be designated after the Countryside Act was passed in 1968, Beacon
Fell is on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland and is a part of
the City of Preston and it's highest point at 873 feet (266 metres) above
Visitor Centre, Beacon Fell
lead up Beacon Fell from the nearby towns and cities of Preston,
Lancaster, Garstang and Longridge where they converge onto a road that
circumnavigates Beacon Fell summit. A clockwise one-way
system is in operation here. There are several picnic areas
along the summit road but the best starting point for visitors to the
Fell is the Bowland Visitor Centre which includes a countryside
interpretation centre, a café, toilets and picnic tables.
It is a short walk from the Visitor Centre through the woods to the
summit of Beacon Fell from which views of the Bowland Fells and the
Fylde can be enjoyed. On a good day it should be possible to
see the Great Orme near Llandudno in Wales. A sculpture
outside the Visitor Centre, Orme Sight features a tube through which
you can see the Great Orme.
Several trails can be followed across the Fell along which sculptures
such as the Heron, Walking Snake, Owl, Living Willow Deer, Black Tiger
and Lizard Love Seat can be seen.
Much of Beacon Fell is a Biological Heritage Site and is home to a
variety of wildlife including dragonflies, damselflies, deer,
wildfowl, plants and fungi. Heather moorland at the
summit of the Fell is surrounded by spruce woodland.
mobility vehicles are available to use on three of the trails from the
Visitor Centre. No fires and barbeques allowed except at Carwags
Car Park where barbeques can be used. Horse riders can park their
horse boxes at Carwags Car Park.
The Visitor Centre and Café is open daily except Christmas Day.
Bowland Visitor Centre