The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of 46 AONBs covering just under 1/5th of the UK. They offer a wealth of opportunities for both people and wildlife to benefit from the countryside and, as vibrant, living landscapes, they underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of our society.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have some of the UK’s best countryside for walking, cyclingwildlife-watching and star-gazing and Bowland is no different. From quiet lanes, ancient woodlands, distinctive and attractive villages to flower-filled hay meadows, open moorland and a wealth of local culture and heritage.

Your visit to Bowland can help to keep it special – the money you spend buying local products and using local services helps to sustain our local communities, the communities that help to give the countryside its distinctive character.

Millions of people, both local residents and visitors, enjoy Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty every year – many without realising they are in a designated landscape. Make this year your year to discover – or rediscover – what Bowland and the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have to offer.

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