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Situated in the North West of England, the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 312sq miles of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire and includes the famous landmark Pendle Hill.

The Forest of Bowland offers opportunity for personal enjoyment of some of the most remote and rugged walking in the North West.

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Forest of Bowland - Visitor Guide


Bowland Visitor Centre, Fell House Beacon Fell Country Park, Goosnargh, Preston




01995 640557
Maps:Forest of Bowland
Ordnance Survey:OS reference: SD 582 422
Key attractions:

Small mammals and Deer watching

Essential kit:Walking shoes. Tree guide or identification book.
Nature watching:

Sika Deer - best viewed in Gisburn Forest.

Rabbits and hares are frequent and are easily spotted. Stoats and weasels can be seen running across the road or clambering over the dry stone walls.

Birds of prey - Owls and Hen Harriers.


Summer - as many as 11 species of dragonflies and damselflies may be seen around the ponds during the summer months.


Bowland Visitor Centre - located in Beacon Fell Country Park in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Cafe.

The extension to the Bowland Visitor Centre provides a wet and dry study area and cloakroom facilities for use by schools.


Disabled access: The park is an isolated hill rising 266m above sea level. A tarmac road runs around the park and is subject to traffic control which makes it a "one way" system, clockwise. All the facilities and car parks are accessible from the circuit road and the main car parks are metalled. The toilet block consists of a Radar key accessible toilet. All terrain electric buggies are available free of charge.

Getting there:

There are public transport links from Preston to Longridge and Chipping, both approximately 3 miles from the Park.

Opening times:

Bowland Visitor Centre Opening Times - Easter to September:
Monday - Friday 9.30am-6.00pm, Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm, Sunday 9.30am-6.30pm. Bank Holidays 9.30am-6.30pm.

October to Easter - Seven days a week 10.00am-5.00pm.

Charges:Free public entry
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