BEACON FELL COUNTRY PARK

Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell

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 Preston and it's highest point at 873 feet (266 metres) above sea level.
Bowland Visitor Centre
   
Bowland Visitor Centre, Beacon Fell
Four roads 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.
All-terrain 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.
Orme Sight
   
Orme Sight sculpture
Bowland Visitor Centre
   
Inside the Bowland Visitor Centre
Bowland Visitor Centre
   
Bowland Visitor Centre

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