Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland A Place to Enjoy and Keep Special

The Forest of Bowland was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964 because the landscape was thought to be of national importance and worthy of protection. The primary purpose of this designation is to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area, to keep the Forest of Bowland special.

The Forest of Bowland's upland fells, with summits above 450m, are dissected by steep sided valleys which open out into rich green lowlands adjacent to the rivers Hodder and Wyre. This is beautiful countryside for walking, whether alongside the rivers, or to higher ground for a panoramic view.

The Forest of Bowland is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers, look out for Curlews, Lapwings, Oystercatchers and Redshank. Dippers and Herons frequent local rivers and up on the moors you may see the Hen Harriers. If you are sharp eyed you might spot Little Owls sat on top of drystone walls in the morning and evening or family groups of Buzzards circling overhead.

Our local hares are very good at mimicking molehills or merging into tufts of grass and can give you a real start when they take off almost from your feet! Wildflowers brighten the roadside verges and in late summer the hills turn purple with flowering Heather - a feast for bees and other insects !

On a summers night sit outside and take advantage of the lack of light pollution and look at the bright stars. Wherever you travel in the Bowland area you'll be sure to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this unspoilt area of rural Lancashire.

Fishing

Stocks Reservoir is the largest fishery in the North West of England. Stocks has a wild and unspoiled quality, the perfect place for a days fly fishing. Full and half day bank and boat fishing tickets available. Tuition and guide service available see Stocks Reservoir website.

Wood End Farm
Dunsop Bridge
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3BE

Tel: 01200 448223

Ring anytime, please leave a message and Alison will return your call.

Email visitwoodendfarm@gmail.com