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Greentraveller's Guide to the Forest of Bowland

Posted by Tom Watts at 10:10 on Monday 02 July 2012

As part of our celebration of beautiful natural landscapes in the UK, we've just published a Greentraveller's Guide to Holidays in the Forest of Bowland AONB, which features all the very best green (and gorgeous!) places to stay, the best restaurants, inns and farmshops selling the freshest Bowland produce, plus a whole range of outdoor activities and attractions - from the colourful Waddow Lodge Garden, and the family-friendly Bowland Wild Boar Park, to the best spots for catching a glimpse of the rare Hen Harrier, the symbol of the AONB. There's also all the info you'll need on travelling to and around the AONB by public transport.

Stunning views of the Hodder Valley. Photo: Graham CooperStunning views of the Hodder Valley. Photo: Graham Cooper

Here's a taste of what you'll find in our latest destination guide:

Where to stay

Cleveley Mere Boutique LodgesCleveley Mere Boutique LodgesCleveley Mere Boutique Lodges - Five state-of-the-art retreats all located around a vast lake within a 34-acre nature reserve. One of these accommodations is the UK's first 'Huf Haus' holiday let, having been featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs. Wherever you choose to stay, you'll be offered free bikes, binoculars and wellies to make outfoor adventure that bit easier.
>> Self catering in the Forest of Bowland 

The Traddock - A family-run, Georgian country house hotel full of luxurious touches - from duck down duvets to Molton Brown toiletries. The Soil Association award-winning restaurant boasts two AA Rosette chefs, and the menu is all about delicious organic dishes made using ingredients inspired by the local area.
>> Hotels in the Forest of Bowland 

Where to eat

The Highwayman Inn - In 2007, this 18th century Inn received a £1.2m renovation and has since garnered a reputation as a 21st century version of a 'local'. This means there's a sensational menu of regional dishes and classic British cooking, sourced from a select crowd of local artisan suppliers. The dining room offers craggy stone floors, solid wood furniture and crackling log fire.
>> Restaurants in the Forest of Bowland

The Cabin Cafe - The Cabin Cafe is accredited by Taste Lancashire, which means you can expect nothing but the very best local produce. Surrounded by countryside, and at the foot of the magnificent Pendle Hill, the cafe is often used as a refuelling spot by walkers climbing the hill or trekking the Pendle Witches Trail or the Pendle Way. Also offers local info and walking routes.
>> Cafes in the Forest of Bowland 

A world of colours at Waddow Lodge GardenA world of colours at Waddow Lodge Garden

Local attractions

Waddow Lodge Garden - Head Gardener Peter Foley has spent 40 years putting together this impressive collection of hundreds of plants and flowers, from roses and rhododendrons to fruit and veg in the new kitcehn garden. The garden is run along organic principles, using environmentally friendly gardening techniques and composting all available waste material.
>> Visitor Attractions in the Forest of Bowland 

Browsholme Hall - The cafe at Browsholme Hall has been converted from a 300-year old barn. An ideal place to sit and relax, you can sip on a cup of their own brand Bowland Bowbearer coffee as you admire the works of local artists, or browse the information on local walking routes. Occupied by the Parker family since 1507, the house and gardens are open to the public on specific days throughout the year.
>> Rural Venues in the Forest of Bowland 

The AONB offers up mile upon mile of fascinating walking trails. Photo: Graham CooperThe AONB offers up mile upon mile of fascinating walking trails. Photo: Graham Cooper

Local activities

Access for all - The AONB offers a collection of trails specifically designed for those less able than others, routes that don't involve any stiles or steep gradients. Those with limited ability can even hire out a 'Tramper', an four-wheel drive all terrain electric buggy that has no problem with rough ground, or even mud and grass, and explore one of the dedicated Tramper Trails
>> Access for All in the Forest of Bowland 

Explore the AONB on one of the innovative electric 'Trampers'Explore the AONB on one of the innovative electric 'Trampers'

Walking - The Forest of Bowland is true walking country, with the likes of the 45-mile Pendle Way and the Beacon Fell Country Park trails offering up a huge variety of routes for all experience levels. September will see the opening of the Lancashire Witches Trail, which starts where the witches once lived and ends in Lancaster, stretching for approximately 50 miles.
>> Walking in the Forest of Bowland 

The views at Longridge Fell. Photo: Graham CooperThe views at Longridge Fell. Photo: Graham Cooper

Greentraveller's Guide to the Forest of Bowland was written and researched by Juliette Dyke and Greentraveller's Tom Watts in collaboration with the Forest of Bowland AONB Authority.

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