This page contains up to date information and notices about access routes and other useful information relating to activities in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Visit the links to the left for specific activity information including download maps for walking, cycling, riding and tramper trails.
September 2013: Temporary Access Land restrictions
29 March 2013: Stock's circular walk has now re-opened
15 October 2012: toilet closure at Bleasdale Parish Hall
Access Land - The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave general right of access to walkers for the first time to ‘Access Land’, for the purposes of open-air recreation on foot. Access land in the Forest of Bowland AONB offers some of the roughest and most remote walking in the North West, and linked with the network of public rights of way, gives plenty of scope for enjoyable and challenging walks. For further information about Access Land visit Natural England website.
Treading Carefully - Treading Carefully is a leaflet that has been produced in partnership with the RSPB, Natural England and Lancashire Countryside Service and illustrates how walkers and birdwatchers can help ground nesting birds. Copies are available from Tourist Information Centres in the area or you can download the Treading Carefully Leaflet (pdf 1.1mb) (516) here.
GPS Trailing - GPS trailing is a fairly new pastime to sweep its way across the UK. Likened to a high-tech treasure hunt, it is a pleasurable way to explore the countryside and is a particular favourite with families. Yorkshire Dales Guides have set up 7 GPS trails in Bowland. For details of the trails visit the Yorkshire Dales Guides website .
Maps - Before embarking on any walking in the Forest of Bowland AONB we recommend that you purchase a copy of the Ordnance Survey Map OL41 - Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale. Also look out for the new Harveys map of the Forest of Bowland AONB which includes a tourist map highlighting cycling routes and facilities and a large-scale walkers map showing Access Land routes in the Bowland fells. Visit the Harvey map website.
Useful maps and information relating to public rights of way and access land can also be found at Lancashire County Councils MARIO website (maps and related information online).
Guided walks - Rural Footprints - guided walks for all, in and around the Lune Valley! Even if you haven't got much experience or confidence walking in wonderful countryside. Visit the Rural Footprints website for more information.