Slaidburn, Forest of Bowland
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".
|Included 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Lonely road across the Bowland moors
Bowland Wild Boar Park