Walking

Forest of Bowland

There are many walking routes in and around the Forest of Bowland. To view walking routes, please visit Forest of Bowland walking routes.

Private Woodland Walks

Bridge Heywood Walk Map

Local Pubs / Restaurants

The Stork Hotel, Read

01282 772 100

Traditional aleas and home cooked food, beer garden.

15 mins walk

Checco's Trattoria Pizzeria, Great Harwood

01254 885 071

Authentic Italian in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Shajan, A59, Mellor

01254 813 234

Authentic Indian food in a sophisticated setting.

Breda Murphy's, Whalley

01254 823 446

Restaurant and deli run by Barrymaloe trained Breda and her team, perfect for lunch and their fish and chip tea on Friday is excellent.

10 mins

Mitton Hall, Whalley

01254 826 544

Good all rounder

10 mins

The Angel, Hetton

01756 730 263

Unbeatable pub food. A real local hot spot.

45 mins

The Three Fishes, Mitton

01254 826 888

One of the UK's highlights. Concentrates purely on traditional Lancastrian dishes.

10 mins

Trishna Indian Tandoori

01254 822 394

A great Indian on the main street in Whalley.

Calf's Head, Worston

01200 441 218

Food food eaten in the conservatory, dining room or enjoy the beautiful grounds for alfresco dining in the summer months.

Shackletons, Chatburn

01200 441 230

Wonderful local garden centre with a licensed restaurant for excellent food - daytime only.

Jade Palace, Earby

01282 842 712

Locally acknowledged as an excellent Cantonese Restaurant. Situated off the A59 on the way to Skipton.

The Red Pump Inn, Bashall Eaves

01254 826 227

Great pub food.

30 mins

The Inn at Whitewell

01200 448 222

the most famous Inn in the UK. Wonderful local food and impressive wine list situated in the spectacular Forest of Bowland. Great day out with wonderful local walks and a lovely drive over there.

45 mins

Northcote Manor, Langho

01254 240 555

Award winning. The Ribble Valley's most exclusive restaurant. Posh!

10 mins

The Sanctuary of Healing, Langho

01254 246 940

A calm and serene cafe serving an array of organic food including a wide selection of gluten and dairy free options including delicious cakes and breads (lunch only).

10 mins

The Emporium Restuarant, Clitheroe

01200 444 174

Tonnes of character, great food, in the centre of Clitheroe. Great fun.

15 mins

Burlington Restaurant, Bolton Abbey

01756 710 441

Another national favourite. Part of the Devonshire Estate. Modern yet traditional food and atmosphere. Amazing location and walks along river.

45 mins

The Assheton Arms, Downham

01200 441 227

Possibly the most attractive village in the north with superb pub food (try the hot Morecambe Bay shrimps).

15 mins

Tempest Arms, Elslack

01282 842 450

Wonderful country pub food with lots of atmosphere. Situated off the A59 on the way to Skipton.

The Duke Of York, Grindleton

01200 441 266

Food with flair by Michael Heathcote. Classic favourites along with imaginative modern ideas.

Coach & Horses, Bolton By Bowland

01200 447 202

Village pub located in the centre of one of our beautiful local villages.

The Myerscough , Samlesbury

01254 812 222

Great pub food and their 2 for 1 steak night on a Tuesday is great value.

15 mins

Art Galleries / Architecture

Salts Mill, Saltaire

01274 531 185

A great day out in a converted mill. Inspired by David Hockney. Shops, galleries, restaurants etc.

Platform Gallery, Clitheroe

01200 443 071

The Imperial War Museum of the North, Manchester

0161 836 4000

Built by Daniel Leibkand who is the architect for the new World Trade Centre in New York. Spectacular.

Haworth Gallery, Accrington

01254 233 782

Blackburn Museum & Gallery

01254 667 130

Tate Liverpool

0151 702 7400

Clay Pigeon Shooting / 4x4 Driving

The Coniston Hotel

01756 748080

Cycling

Bowland by Bike

Ambitious route through districts of Lancaster, Wyre, Ribble Valley and Pendle.

Gisburn Forest

Cycle network of 16km through the largest forest in Lancashire.

Lancashire Cycleway

North and South circular route which meet in the historic town of Whalley.

Pennine Cycleway North

150 mile path through 'England's last wilderness' - beginning in Cumbria's Appleby and ending at Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

Fishing

Pendle View Fisheries, A59 near Clitheroe

01200 822 208

Hyndburn and Blackburn Angling Association

01254 829 558

Golf

Clitheroe Golf Club

01200 422 618

Pleasington Golf Club

01254 202 177

Townley Golf Club

01282 438 473

Whalley Golf Club

01254 822 236

Great Days Out

Pendle Hill

Walk up the nick of Pendle from Downham village and then reward yourself with a huge lunch at the Assheton Arms.

The Coniston Hotel

01756 748 080

Fun day out with activities ranging from shooting, 4x4 driving, fly fishing, falconry, archery and horse riding (tuition available).

Ingleton

White Scar Caves - an underground world including the UK's largest cave.
The Waterfalls Walk - woodland gorges and waterfalls.
Ingleborough - walk one of the famous 3 peaks (2372 feet).
The Settle - Carlisle Railway.

Hawes

Stunning market town which is home to Wensleydale Cheese, Dales Countryside Museum, endless craft shops, pubs, workshops, cafes and local tradesmen. Plus walks into 6 major dales. Was awarded 1998 'Best Day Trip Out'.

Stump Cross Caverns

01756 752 780

One of the UK's most extensive collection of caves in the heart of Nidderdale.

Kilnsey Trout Farm

Stunning location in Wharfedale by the famous Kilnsey Crag. Fishing, animals, walking, pony trekking and a great cafe / restaurant.

Malham

Malham is a small village in the Pennines at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. The main attractions are the stunning scenery of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar both of which are within walking distance from the village.

Bowland Wild Boar Farm

01995 625 54

Fantastic for younger kids. All sorts to do and learn about life on a farm and wild boar. Highly recommended.

Bolton Abbey

80 miles of walks within this magical Yorkshire Estate along the River Wharfe. Also check out Hesketh Farm, endless cafes and restaurants and the Estate shops.

The Settle to Carlisle Railway

The most scenic rail journey in the UK.

Health Clubs, Spas and Sport

Lee Carter Gym & Spa, Clitheroe

01200 424 472

Chapel Spa, Brockhole Village

01254 245 601

Amanda Eastwood Hairdressing, Clitheroe

01200 424 455

Cloud 9 Beauticians, Whalley

01254 825 200

Ribblesdale Pool

01200 424 825

Padiham Leisure Centre

01282 664 58

Heritage

Browsholme Hall, near Clitheroe

01254 826 719

Historic home of the Parker family, ring for dates of opening.

Clitheroe Castle and Museum - 12th Century

01200 424 635

Brings to life the history and geology of the Ribble Valley.

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham

01282 771 00

A Jacobean manor house renovated in the 19th century by Sir Charles Barry. Features fine wood and plaster work and houses the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth collection of needlework and textiles.

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, near Preston

01254 852 986

Historic 16th century house stands majestically on its hill overlooking the west of Lancashire. In 1617 King James the First knighted a loin of beef here, hence the term "sirloin" also where William Shakespeare started his working life. Gardens plus frequent events.

Helmshore Textile Museum near Rossendale

01706 226 459

18th Century water powered woollen fulling mill. Collection of early textile museums in working order and a museum of Lancashire's textile industry.

Ribchester Roman Museum

01254 878 261

This village was built on the Roman site of Bremetenacum. Lancashire's only specialist Roman museum.

Samlesbury Hall, Samlesbury, near Blackburn

01254 812 010

An ancient manor house, once the home of the Southworth family. Built in 1325 by Gilbert de Southworth, the hall is an impressive black and white timbered building. The hall is set in an attractive gardens which are home to the "Bowmen of Samlesbury". There is a regular programme of events and extensive displays of antiques and collector items, all of which are for sale.

Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Clitheroe

01254 826 345

Magnificent 16th century manor house, home to a famous Catholic co-educational independent school. Guide tours available.

Whalley Abbey - Founded 1296

01254 828 400

Cistercian Abbey ruins set in beautiful gardens and woodland. Coffee shop, gift shop and exhibition centre.

Sawley Abbey - Founded 1147

Home to Cistercian monks for almost four hundred years until it was dissolved in 1536. The monks joined protesters in the Pilgrimage of Grace, a rebellion against the Dissolution of many of the North's Catholic monasteries. Two monks from Sawley were arrested and executed on the order of Henry VIII and the Abbey was dismantled.

Shopping

Boundary Mill Stores, Colne

01282 865 229

One of Pendle's most popular visitor attractions selling a range of top brands at discounted prices. Have lunch at one of their restaurants. I recommend their fish and chippy called Bannys.

Bashall Barn Farm Shop, Bashall Town

01200 428 964

Selection of local produce, coffee shop and resident artist.

Byrnes Wine Shop, Clitheroe

01200 423 152

Family owned business, excellent selection of wines worth a visit, meander through the enormous cellar, very well stocked.

Roy Porters Butchers, Chatburn

01200 450 948

Excellent organic butcher, will need to queue, very popular, try their homemade pies - delicious.

Cowman's Sausage Shop, Clitheroe

01200 423 842

High quality butcher, homemade sausages, many traditional flavours and some quite whacky new ones.

Cheesie Tchaikovsky, Clitheroe

01200 428 366

Wonderful selection of cheeses, sandwiches, soups, pates, and general yummy stuff.

Clitheroe Market Town

Booths, Tesco, Sainsburys and boutique shops.

Settle Market Town

Booths and a variety of touristy shops.

Skipton Market Town

Tesco, Morrisons and a good selection of high street and boutique shops.

Harrogate

Beautiful town with an excellent selection of high quality shops with the famous & original Betty's Tea Room.

Kirkby Lonsdale & Kendal

Both towns have a varied selection of good quality shops, cafes & restaurants.

Whalley

Local village with a small selection of boutique shops and delicatessens.