Dunsop Bridge and The Forest of Bowland (AONB)

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.

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Dunsop Bridge (pdf)

Leaflets about the Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland Discovery Guide (pdf)

Visitor Attractions

Browsholme Hall Historic House. web site

Waddow Lodge Open Garden web site

Holden Clough Plant Nursery web site

Bowland Wildboar Park web site

Stocks Reservoir the largest fly fishery in the North West of England web site

Clitheroe Castle.

Museum, Art Gallery and Cafe. Stunning views from the top of the 12th century keep. Museum of local heritage and geology. Gardens, childrens play area, skatepark. Tel: 01200 424568 for opening times and details.

Beacon Fell Country Park

Lovely walks through conifer and decidous woodlands, fantastic views from summit of hill. Sculpture trail. Tramper trail and tramper vehicle hire for the disabled, bookable in advance on 01995 640557 or 01772 534709. Cafe open 7 days a week throughout the summer serving a variety of beverages, hot and cold food, light snacks, all day breakfasts, sweets and ice creams.

Beacon Fell Country Park leaflet (pdf)

Local Food

Forest of Bowland Teashop Map (pdf)

Riverbank Tearooms Slaidburn web site

Creamy Lancashire Cheese trail leaflet (pdf)

The Ribble Valley Food Trail (pdf)

Taste Bowland food directory (pdf)


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.



High street names and small boutiques, jewellers and gift shops. Home to the award winning D.Byrnes wine and spirit merchant, Cowman's Famous Sausage Shop and the Platform Gallery, showcasing contemporary craft in Lancashire.


Unique shops, delicatessens and places to eat. Retains character of a bygone time.

Village Web Sites

Chipping village web site web site

Slaidburn Village Hall web site


Forest of Bowland web site

Visit Lancashire web site



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A year round calendar of events in and around the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley

Festival Bowland a year round calendar of events in and around the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley.

Forest of Bowland Discovery Guide (pdf)

Forest of Bowland
Enjoy gentle walks in fine scenery.

Historic Browswhome Hall
Historic Browsholme Hall

Beacon Fell Country Park
Beacon Fell Country Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park
A variety of animals and activities to see and do.

Dunsop Bridge
Puddleducks Cafe Dunsop Bridge.