The landscapes of the Forest are captivating by day but after the sun sets there’s a whole new world to discover in the dark skies over Bowland.
Truly dark skies are becoming increasingly rare in our crowded little country. Light pollution is creeping into almost every corner of the UK, diluting the pitch blackness of night and obscuring the stars for much of the population.
In 21st Century Britain, many town and city dwellers may never have seen the Milky Way – our home galaxy – and will only catch the faintest glimpse of a handful of the brightest stars.
But there is an antidote to the bright lights of big city living – an oasis of velvety darkness where even the faintest stars in the firmament reveal themselves in all their sparkling glory.
More than half of Britain’s remaining dark skies are in National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Bowland is among them.
The Forest of Bowland offers some of the most beautiful and remote walking in the country, from the grandeur and isolation of the moorland hills to the undulating lowlands with their distinctive pattern of settlements, woodland cloughs and river valleys. These landscape contrasts, along with the serenity and tranquility of the area make this a walker’s paradise.
As well as the fell tops and moors, there are extensive opportunities for shorter and less challenging routes in the valleys, most especially riverside walks which abound in the area.
Outstanding scenery, picturesque villages, charming tea rooms and a network of Quiet Lanes – all waiting to be explored. And what better way to do it than by bike? Silently travelling around this area of outstanding natural beauty under your own power, coming across hidden gems around every corner, this truly is a spectacular area for biking enthusiasts of all types and levels:
- Downloadable cycling routes
- Electric Bicycle Network
- Other Cycling Routes in the AONB
- Cycle Hire, Holidays & Coaching
We actively encourage the use of public transport in the Forest of Bowland AONB, for more detailed information visit our Travel Information page.
Splashing around in rockpools, scrambling up hills to find the perfect picnic spot, eating a tower of scrummy ice cream, camping under the stars and exploring the surrounding forest on an adventure trail – summer can be so much fun!
And where better to spend your summer than in family friendly Lancashire. Embark on a countryside quest, seaside break or urban adventure, full of fantastic things to see and do. From being a zoo keeper for the day to riding the UK’s first ever double launch rollercoaster, exploring castle ruins to riding on Thomas the Tank Engine steam train and not forgetting our jam-packed schedule of summer events.
And it is easy to get here! Situated only an hour’s drive from Leeds, Liverpool…