This circular walk takes you to Clougha Pike in the Forest of Bowland. The hill is located a few miles east of Lancaster, reaching a height of 413 m (1,355 ft). Clougha Pike commands wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, Snowdonia and the Lake District Fells. It's a great area for wildlife too so keep your eyes peeled for grouse and hares on the way.
You can park at the Rigg Lane car park (postcode below) just to the west of the hill. You then head towards Ottergear Bridge near Cragg Wood and the River Conder. The path then takes you towards Wisp Hill and Black Fell before coming to the Clougha Pike summit. Take a while to soak in the wonderful views. On a clear day you should be able to see the coast and beyond to the Isle of Man.
The route then descends back to the car park via Windy Clough with views of Trough Brook on the way.
An alternative, shorter route is to start from Rigg Farm and follow the Rowton Brook to the summit. The walk can be extended by continuing east along the path to Grit Fell and Ward's Stone, the highest hill in the Forest of Bowland. It can be quite a difficult walk though as it is a boggy area.
Cyclists can reach the hill on regional route 90 which runs through Quernmore.
PostcodeLA2 9EP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Clougha Pike Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Clougha Pike Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Clougha Pike OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Clougha Pike Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the Clougha Access Land.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south you'll find the noteworthy Jubilee Tower. There's another car park here giving access to this Historic stone tower. From the observation deck there are more wonderful views to enjoy.
Head north from the hill and you can visit the popular beauty spot at the Crook of Lune. There's some lovely trails along the River Lune to enjoy here.
There's more nice waterside walks to the south around the pretty Abbeystead Reservoir too.
To the east there's Wolfhole Crag which you can reach from Abbeystead on a footpath along the Tarnbrook Wyre. There's a series of pretty waterfalls and weirs on this waterway leading up to Tarnbrook Fell and the 527 metre high Wolfhole Crag.
For more walking ideas in the AONB see the Forest of Bowland Walks page.