Slaidburn, Forest of Bowland
Slaidburn, Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is an area of gritstone fells situated mainly in Lancashire.  A western spur of the Pennines it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964.  Prior to the 1974 county boundary changes much of the Forest of Bowland lay in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was once called the "Switzerland of England".
Forest of BowlandIncluded in the AONB is the Forest of Pendle and Pendle Hill, home to the Lancashire Witches.
Much of the Forest of Bowland is barren moorland except for Girburn Forest which is heavily wooded.
The Trough of Bowland is a valley between Lancaster and Dunsop Bridge, the latter being the geographical centre of Great Britain.
The Duchy of Lancashire covers much of the Forest of Bowland and includes Whitewell and it's Inn, one of the finest in England.
Villages include Chipping and Slaidburn and on the northern edge of the Forest is the small town of High Bentham, an ideal location from which to explore the Forest of Bowland, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Caving opportunities are limited here but there are a few small caves to visit near Whitewell including Hell Hole which lives up to it's name!
Beacon Fell is at the most western point of the Forest and the Bowland
Visitor Centre can be found here from which views across Lancashire,

Gritstone outcrop in the Forest of Bowland
the Fylde and the Bowland Fells can be enjoyed.  On a good day it is possible to see into north Wales as far as the Great Orme.
Popular with mountain bikers is Gisburn Forest .  There is a fly fishery at Stocks Reservoir and the Bowland Wild Boar Park is well worth a visit where boar is raised for meat and other animals can be viewed here.
Forest of Bowland
Lonely road across the Bowland moors
Stocks Reservoir
Stocks Reservoir
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Bowland Wild Boar Park