GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Forest of Bowland Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abbeystead Reservoir2 miles (4 km)This short circular walk takes you around Abbeystead Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland View Full Details>>
Beacon Fell Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 271 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Beacon Fell is situated 266 metres (873 feet) above sea level giving fabulous views of Morecambe Bay and the Isle of Man (on a clear day). There are several miles of lovely woodland walking trails and an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information. Beacon Fell is situated a few miles north of Preston. View Full Details>>
Black Moss Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around these two reservoirs near the Lancashire village of Barley. There's lovely views across the water to the Forest of Bowland countryside and lots of water loving wildlife to see too. Look out for Tufted duck, Common goldeneye and Eurasian curlew as you make your way through the area. View Full Details>>
Chipping10 miles (16.2 km)This attractive Lancashire village is located in a lovely position in the Forest of Bowland. This walk from the village picks up the long distance Hodder Way and follows it up to the delightful Dunsop Bridge which is the gateway to the popular Trough of Bowland. It's about a 10 mile hike up to the Trough from the village but you have the option of catching a bus part of the way back to save your legs! View Full Details>>
Clougha Pike5 miles (8 km)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 413m (1,355ft). Clougha Pike commands wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, Snowdonia and the Lake District Fells. View Full Details>>
Dunsop Bridge10 miles (16.4 km)A challenging circular walk around the village of Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland. The pretty village lies very close to the geographic centreofGreat Britain at theconfluenceof theRiver Dunsopand theRiver Hodder. It makes an excellent base for exploring some of the finest parts of the Forest of Bowland AONB. View Full Details>>
Forest of Bowland Walk68 miles (109 km)A circular walk around the Forest of Bowland AONB in Lancashire. You start at Caton and visit Slaidburn, Clitheroe, and Garstang before returning to Caton. View Full Details>>
Gisburn Forest4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy miles of wonderful woodland walking and cycling trails in this large forest in the Forest of Bowland. Mountain bikers can enjoy a moderate 9.5km blue grade trail and a more challenging red grade trail. Walkers can enjoy 5 waymarked walks of varying lengths and difficulty. In the forest you will find wide, well surfaced trails taking you through mixed woodland and conifer plantation with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for in one of the hides. There are also becks, streams and waterfalls. View Full Details>>
Inn at Whitewell10 miles (16.5 km)Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB from the Inn at Whitewell on this lovely circular walk. The splendid inn is in a wonderful location next to the River Hodder near the Lancashire town of Clitheroe. It's a great place to stay for walkers with a number of fine footpaths to follow into the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Longridge Fell5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy a walk to the summit of England's most southerley fell on this wonderful walk in the Forest of Bowland. The walk begins at the car park at Turner Fold and takes you to the 1,148-ft (350-m) summit on woodland footpaths. There are fabulous views from the high point including theFylde Coast, the Vale of Chipping, the fells of theForest of Bowland (includingParlick,Fair Snape FellandBeacon Fell), theYorkshire Dales and on a clear day the Lake District fells. View Full Details>>
Lune Valley Ramble16 miles (26 km)This lovely easy walk follows the River Lune from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. As well as the stunning riversde scenery there are wonderful views of the South Lakeland fells and the beautiful Crook o' Lune. View Full Details>>
Nicky Nook4 miles (6 km)This walk takes you up a popular and delightful fell in the Forest of Bowland. Starting in the village of Scorton you follow country lanes and footpaths to the 215m summit, passing a pretty tarn on the way. From the summit there are fabulous views of the Fylde coast, Blackpool Tower, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells. You descend through the lovely Grizedale, passing along Grizedale Reservoir and through peaceful woodland before returning to Scorton. View Full Details>>
Parlick and Fair Snape Fell4 miles (7 km)This walk from Parlick Fell to Fair Snape Fell is considered one of the loveliest in the Forest of Bowland. The walk takes place on a very good footpath with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Pendle Hill5 miles (7.5 km)This walk climbs to the summit of Pendle Hill in Lancashire. It starts in the village of Barley and makes use of the Pendle Way long distance footpath to take you on a circular tour of the area. It's a steep climb but the path is pretty well defined for most of the way. From the 557 metre (1,827ft) summit there are fabulous views over the Pennines to the east, the Bowland Fells to the northwest, and the West Pennine Moors to the south. View Full Details>>
Pendle Hill Witches Walk6 miles (10 km)This double looped trail travels through the area associated with the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. During the trial twelve people from the area were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft. Ten were subsequently found guilty and executed by hanging. View Full Details>>
Scorton5 miles (8 km)A circular walk around the Lancashire village of Scorton. The route visits two pretty lakes and peaceful woodland with some moderate climbs providing great views from the high points. View Full Details>>
Slaidburn11 miles (18 km)This Lancashire village is located in a pretty area of the Ribble Valley. This walk from the village takes you to some of the highlights of the area including the River Hodder, Stocks Reservoir and Gisburn Forest. There's much to enjoy with riverside trails, woodland paths and wonderful views of the countryside of the Forest of Bowland. View Full Details>>
Stocks Reservoir6 miles (10 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around this lovely reservoir in the Forest of Bowland. The walk begins at the car park at the northern end of the reservoir and heads through the edge of Gisburn Forest and crosses the causeway. You then pick up a walking track which runs close to the waters edge, passing Rushton Hill and Ten Acre Hill on the way. On the western side you head to Eak Hill and Copped Hill Clough before a final woodland section through Gisburn Forest returns you to the car park. View Full Details>>
Trough of Bowland8 miles (13 km)Enjoy rivers, brooks, woodland and beautiful countryside on this circular walk in the Forest of Bowland AONB. The Trough of Bowland is a particularly scenic area of the AONB with its gorgeous valleys, moorland and wooded areas. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including buzzards and oyster catchers. View Full Details>>

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