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
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.
Mitton Hall, Whalley
01254 826 544
Good all rounder
The Angel, Hetton
01756 730 263
Unbeatable pub food. A real local hot spot.
The Three Fishes, Mitton
01254 826 888
One of the UK's highlights. Concentrates purely on traditional Lancastrian dishes.
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.
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.
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.
Northcote Manor, Langho
01254 240 555
Award winning. The Ribble Valley's most exclusive restaurant. Posh!
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).
The Emporium Restuarant, Clitheroe
01200 444 174
Tonnes of character, great food, in the centre of Clitheroe. Great fun.
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.
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).
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.
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
0151 702 7400
Clay Pigeon Shooting / 4x4 Driving
The Coniston Hotel
Bowland by Bike
Ambitious route through districts of Lancaster, Wyre, Ribble Valley and Pendle.
Cycle network of 16km through the largest forest in Lancashire.
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.
Pendle View Fisheries, A59 near Clitheroe
01200 822 208
Hyndburn and Blackburn Angling Association
01254 829 558
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
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).
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.
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 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.
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
01200 424 825
Padiham Leisure Centre
01282 664 58
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.
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.
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.
Local village with a small selection of boutique shops and delicatessens.