Viewpoints in the Forest of Bowland AONB
Bowland offers some stunning views from its high passes and fell tops. Some view points are easily accessed by motor vehicle, others require a short trek to enjoy the view to the full. A sample of locations are identified below.
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The site is located in Littledale and provides good opportunities for direct walking on the Clougha Access Areas and Bains Cragg, where substantial views can be obtained. Both short and long distance walks can be achieved from the site. See Access areas for further details.
Situated on the road between Lancaster and Abbeystead the tower affords good panoramic views over the Lancashire Plain, Morecambe Bay and the hills of Bowland. The site is on the edge of the Clougha Access Area and the Wyre Valley and there are many footpaths which link to historical settlements around the area such as Dolphinholme and Abbeystead and the hills to the south such as Grizedale Fell. Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: SD 782 367.
Situated in the south western corner of Bowland, Parlick Fell, at 432 metres offers commanding views of the surrounding Bowland Fells. It also provides a route onto Fairsnape Access Area. Ordnance Ref SD 599 445.
Try and spot the Great Orme in Wales from here through the stone sculpture The Orme Sight. Rising to a height of 266 metres above sea level the summit gives fantastic panoramic views of the Lancashire Plain, Morecambe Bay, and Parlick Fell.
A small car park overlooking the valley of the river Loud and the villages of Chipping, the Bowland Fells and the Access areas of Fairsnape and Parlick. This sight provides spectacular views on a clear day. Ordnance Survey Grid Ref. 640 402
Longridge fell affords panoramic views over the Forest of Bowland, the Hodder Valley, the Pennine Hills, Ribble Valley and the Lancashire Coast. There are several car parks around the Fell. Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: SD 658 411.
Pendle Hill is separated from the main area of the Bowland AONB by the Ribble river valley. It is famous for its association with the Lancashire Witches and from the summit of 577m there are spectacular views of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Ribble Valley. There is an are several access areas and walks that can be embarked upon around Pendle Hill, including one of the stages of the Ribble Way and the Barley and Downham circular walks. Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: 772 385.