Forest of Bowland
Forest of Bowland together with Pendle was designated an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964. Bordering on the Fylde
Coast to the west, and the Yorkshire Dales to the east, from
the tourist's point of view this area of north Lancashire is
often forgotten and bypassed. However, the scenery - a mixture
of hill and fell, moorland, woods, rivers and pasture land -
is one of continuous beauty.
The market town of Clitheroe, whose Castle dominates the area, makes
an ideal starting point for exploring the area which includes Whalley
with its ancient ruined abbey, Ribchester a former Roman settlement,
and Pendle famous for its witches.
Villages in the area which are popular tourist objectives include
Slaidburn in the north, Chipping in the west, Hurst Green with Stonyhurst
College in the south, and Bolton-by-Bowland in the east.
Walks around a Pub in the Forest of Bowland
The Hen Harrier
The Forest of Bowland
Forest of Bowland is ideal walking country. 17
walks have been chosen for those who like to combine their
recreation with a pub lunch and drink. Each walk is circular
with car parking indicted where the walker may choose to start.
Distances vary from 6 to 11 miles and each walk offers a variety
of scenery. Some of the walks feature one of the rivers Hodder
and Ribble in combination with fellscape and meadow land. All
The O.S. Map Explorer OL 41 - Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale covers
this area in detail.
A Satellite Image of the area covered
by each map on the site is available as a pop-up.
View the list of walk from the menu (top left) or view the walks
on the area map by clicking here.
The walker is advised to read the site info page
especially the section on maps before starting a walk.
Link to the RSPB
Inns and Pubs in the Forest of Bowland
are over 60 public houses in the area covered by this site; collecting
information on each is ongoing. Details are given for many of
these pubs such as opening times and when food is available.
However, this information may be subject to change especially
in the winter months. Many of the pubs offer accommodation. The
pubs have been placed in five areas (Clitheroe, Whalley, Chipping,
Chatburn, and Pendle) with a web page devoted to each area. Photographs
of selected pubs in each area which are mentioned in these walks
are given in a photo album available on each page.
Links are given to those pubs with web sites where known.
View the Pubs Areas from the menu (top right) or view the various
areas on the area map by clicking here.
Those pubs which are participating in
CAMRA's Local Ale campaign
are indicted on the walk pages and in the pubs index.
Walking the Hodder
River Hodder is a major feature in the Forest of Bowland landscape.
From its source above Slaidburn to its confluence with the Ribble
close to Hurst Green, the Hodder is a valuable wild life resource. 5
walks allow the course of the Hodder to be explored; each
View the 5 Stages from the menu above or click here.
Shorter Walks around a Pub
start has been made to offer shorter walks around a pub. These
on the whole will not be more than 5 miles and perhaps less strenuous
than those above. The first four walks are based on Hurst Green
and the next three on Chipping.
View these from the menu above.
Forest of Bowland
based in Bashall Eaves.
And the Brewery's
flagship pale ale is
Other Walks around a Pub
is a sister site to the present where a
further 10 walks listed in the above menu are presented from outside the Bowland
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The site was last updated 27/10/2015
inn sign of
The Castle pub Clitheroe