Whether you’re a relaxed rambler or a seasoned hiker, our holiday park in the Yorkshire dales is well situated for a walking holiday in the Forest of Bowland.
The Forest of Bowland, also known as the Bowland Fells, is a stunning area of vast tracks of moorland split by wide valleys, gentle streams and a few pretty villages. Occasionally referred to as the “Switzerland of England”, this area has a well-deserved reputation for excellent walking routes of all lengths.
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Here are three of our recommended walks, perfect for your walking holiday in the Forest of Bowland.
Easy walk – Bentham Riverside Walk, 4 miles.
This walking route in the Forest of Bowland between the two villages of High and Low Bentham is a nice place to start. The gentle path follows alongside the River Wenning and highlights include the waterfall on the river bend midway between the two villages and some great views of the Lancashire moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
Starting at High Bentham, you’ll walk down past the church to the river, cross the bridge and take first right to walk along side the River Wenning. Follow the paths on the left of the river heading across to Low Bentham. Just before Low Bentham, cross back over the river, past the church towards to centre of this village, before returning via the opposite side of the river back to High Bentham. If you have time to spare then there is a good choice of pubs in both villages to break up the walk.
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Moderate walk – Footsteps of Tolkein, 5.5 miles
Discover Tolkein’s inspiration for the epic trilogy of the Lord of the Rings with this walk in the Forest of Bowland. JRR Tolkein stayed at and visited Stonyhurst College regularly as he was researching and writing his books.
The Tolkein Trail is a circular route, which climbs 403 feet, starting in Hurst Green, opposite the Shireburn Arms at the War Memorial. You’ll pass close by Stonyhurst College before tracking north east to the River Hodder and later the River Ribble. This walk in the Forest of Boland takes you across Cromwell’s Bridge, past Winkley Hall, Hacking Hall and the aqueduct, making it a scenic and interesting half a day walk.
Hard – Trough of Bowland, 8.5 miles
If you want to stretch yourself on your walking holiday in the Forest of Boland, then take the opportunity of seeing the very best of this area on the Trough of Bowland walk. This route offers lots of wildlife spotting opportunities together with a couple of steep climbs in a more remote setting.
This circular route starts at Dunsop Bridge, a picturesque village with teashops and cafes, where you head north to the heart of the Forest of Bowland. You’ll then follow the River Dunsopp up to Brennan Farm and from there it’s a steep climb over Whin Fell to the Trough itself. From the Trough it is an easy walk back along the road.
This website – https://www.forestofbowland.com/walking-information – is full of useful information free maps and a new ViewRanger App, to making walking on the go even easier with your smartphone!
Don’t forget when you’re walking to invest in some good walking shoes that have been broken in before your big walk! Wear layers that are easy to take or off, invest in a good waterproof jacket and stock up on energy snacks and water. If you are going on a more strenuous walk to more remote areas then a map, compass, first aid kit and whistle are also probably a good idea. And if you are looking for cosy self-catering accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, check out more about our range of accommodation at Bowland Fell Holiday Park.