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Best trails in Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Looking for a great trail in Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lancashire? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ranging from 2.5 to 11.8 miles and from 88 to 1,866 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Forest of Bowland, or Bowland Fells, is an area made up of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland. Bowland Forest survives as the north-western remainder of the ancient wilderness that once stretched over a huge part of England, including the Forest of Bowland, Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire), the New Forest (Hampshire) and Savernake Forest (Wiltshire). The highest point in the forest is Ward's Stone at 1,841 feet (561 m). This is a popular destination for grouse hunting while also being a sanctuary for many other bird species. There are also a number of foot paths for walking, hiking and cycling.

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Map of trails in Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Park information
Acreage:
198,426 acres
Contact
+44 1200 448000
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Top trails (34)
#1 - The Tolkien Trail
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
The Tolkien Trail is a 6.7 mile loop trail located near Clitheroe, Lancashire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and runShow more
#2 - Pendle Hill and Ogden Reservoir
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
This is a no-nonsense well walked way to the top of Pendle Hill starting from the village of Barley. There is ample parking for just £1 - a bargain - no need to park on the road, as well as toilets anShow more
#3 - Scorton and Grizedale Reservoir
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Scorton and Grizedale Reservoir is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Lancaster, Lancashire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, natShow more
#4 - Fair Snape Fell and Parlick
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
A moderately strenuous circular walk near Chipping starting with Saddle Fell then Wolf Fell before taking in the twin summits of Fair Shape fell, before finishing with Patrick. This way round finishesShow more
#5 - Longridge Fell
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Longridge Fell is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Longridge, Lancashire, England and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.Show more
#6 - Whalley and Sabden Circular Route
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
A circular walk starting from a picnic site close to the village of Whalley in Lancashire. The route explores the hidden valley of Sabden Brook, between the Spring Wood picnic site and the village of Show more
#7 - Marshaw and Tarnbrook Wyre
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
The River Wyre at Abbeystead splits into the Marshaw Wyre and the Tarnbrook Wyre, all of which forms part of the 'Wyre Way', hence the sign post near Stoops Bridge (the start) points to the Wyre Way iShow more
#8 - Pendle Hill
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Pendle Hill is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Clitheroe, Lancashire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature Show more
#9 - Wolfhole Crag and Middle Knoll
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 31 m
Wolfhole Crag and Middle Knoll is a 11.3 mile loop trail located near Slaidburn, Lancashire, England that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nShow more
#10 - Wolfhole Crag and Ward's Stone from 'The Trough'
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
A maxim of 'Don't go on the Bleasdale Fells unless there has been at least 3-nights of frost' may be your best friend. It must also be made clear that in a lot of cases 'paths' either don't exist or aShow more
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