Welcome to the Forest of Bowland in the Ribble Valley, which, according to the Office for National Statistics figures released late last year, is the happiest place in Britain!
Covering over 300 square miles in rural Lancashire and adjacent to Yorkshire, the Forest of Bowland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s easy to sea why this dramatic landscape invites you to relax and find inner contentment.
Our holiday park in Yorkshire is nestled between the Forest of Bowland and the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales National Park meaning that Bowland Fell offers the perfect place to stay for all lovers of the great outdoors.
Here are our top 10 reasons to enjoy a holiday in the Forest of Bowland:
1. Find your inner peace
It’s all about peace and relaxation here in the Forest of Bowland. Wake up to the sounds of nature, spend the day exploring the moorlands and charming villages and end the day relaxing with your favourite drink in a cosy pub. It’s countryside living that you’ve always dreamed about.
2. Walk those blues away
Everyone agrees that walking in the open air is the best cure for when you’re feeling blue. There’s a multitude of walks surrounding our Yorkshire holiday park, from gentle strolls through picturesque villages to more active hikes across the sweeping moorland ridges. Choose a route that suits you; more information on walks can be provided on park.
3. In search of adventure…
If you’re in search of something more adventurous than a simple stroll, then make sure you pack your cycling gear or horse riding boots and explore the countryside in a different way. There is plenty of action packed exploits just waiting to be tried out!
4. Wildlife spotting
As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland is a special place for upland birds thanks to its diversity of habitats and landscapes. Birds such as Hen Harriers, Ring Ouzels and Whinchats, as well as many other species, can all be found in the beautiful hills and valleys of the fells. Grab your binoculars and get twitching!
5. Food and drink
A holiday in the Forest of Bowland means indulging in some of the very best local produce the area has to offer. Try The Inn at Whitewell for upmarket locally sourced food, including game, which sits on the banks of the River Hodder; The Fenwick, an atmospheric pub with old world charm which is over 250 years old or the Traddock, an award-winning restaurant set on the end of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
6. Hunting for witches
One for the kids – head to Pendle Hill and see if you can find the witches! The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history and you can find out more at the Pendle Heritage Centre.
From Hurst Green in the south to Wennington in the North, the Forest of Bowland is dotted with charming stone villages, some of which date as far back as pre-historic times. People have been living in the parish of Barley for around 3,000 years. Now this pretty, stone village is the perfect place from which to climb the aforementioned Pendle Hill.
8. TV talent spotting
Not far from our Yorkshire caravan park is the village of Downham, which you may recognise it from the blockbuster Whistle Down the Wind, or more recently from the BBC drama Born and Bred.
9. Dark skies
The Forest of Bowland has been officially recognised as having some of the darkest skies in England and is celebrating with a Dark Skies Festival. Manager of the AONB, Elliott Lorimer said, “Light pollution means that truly dark skies are becoming increasingly rare. With our Dark Skies Festival we want people to discover the magical sight of the planets and constellations visible above Bowland. Given the right conditions, you can feast your eyes on everything from the Plough to the Milky Way!” Find out more about dark skies here: https://www.forestofbowland.com/bowland-dark-skies-festival-1
10. A cosy place to stay
Our holiday park in Yorkshire offers a range of self-catering accommodation options including luxury holiday lodges, caravan holiday homes and luxury holiday apartments all at great value for money and finished to a high standard. Perfect for cosy nights with friends or family which are guaranteed to bring you happiness!