Get out and about in Bowland! This section has 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 in the drop down menu for specific activity information including download maps for walking, cycling, riding and tramper trails.

Further Information

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. Some access land may have restrictions in place (eg no dogs or no access on specific days), to check individual access areas follow this link. You will need to input a place name and the date you wish to visit.

Other information

Organising a group event? - eg a sponsored walk or fell race, follow this link for further information

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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).

Activity Provider

Alternative Adventure deliver professionally run outdoor pursuits activities for the widest possible range of groups. This includes corporate events, management groups, Over 50's clubs, hen parties, stag parties, adult and junior birthday parties, fun days for family groups, primary schools, junior schools and secondary schools, pupil referral units, special needs organisations, further education and sixth form colleges and youth groups.
Their activities include Rock Climbing, Open Canoeing, Orienteering, Abseiling, Archery, Gorge Walking, Caving, Mobile Climbing Walls, Problem Solving Exercises, Mountain Biking, Sea Cliff Traversing, Team Building Exercises, Kayak Canoeing, Mountain Walks, Winter Skills, Navigation, Raft Building Earth Ball and more. They deliver activities in and around the Forest of Bowland area of Lancashire and beyond.
Qualification and skill courses from National Navigation Award Scheme, Mountain Training, British Canoe Union, Archery GB, First Aid and more. For further information visit