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Places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales & Forest Of Bowland

The Yorkshire Dales and Forest Of Bowland regions are jam-packed with dozens of must-visit destinations and locations.

From bustling market towns that are bursting with top amenities to quiet, charming villages that have hardly changed over time.

In fact, there’s so many places to visit that you’ll simply have to come back again and again to visit experience them all! To help inspire you further we’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite destinations, below…

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Forest Of Bowland

Our park is located on the edge of The Forest of Bowland, which is an area or remarkable beauty covering some 312 square miles of rural land spread across Lancashire and Yorkshire. Designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964, it is a special place for wildlife and the moors, in particular are an important breeding ground for upland birds. The area is dominated by a central upland core of deeply cut gritstone fells with summits above 450m and vast areas of heather-covered moorland.


The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, with people flocking to visit this special landscape. Here you will find fine limestone scenery, with each valley having its own distinct character. Visit the many charming stone-built villages, which sit against a backdrop of green fields, drystone walls and farming landscapes. The Yorkshire Dales was made for walking and there are few better places in the UK where you can stretch your legs in such magnificent surrounds.


The Lake District National Park

The Lake District is arguable the jewel in the UK’s crown. This National Park is like no other – home to England’s tallest mountain (Scafell Pike) and deepest lake (Wastwater), it is a place of breathtaking beauty. Take it all in with a ride on a traditional steamboat, scale the peaks or get ready for an adrenaline-fuelled journey on your mountain bike… there are so many ways to experience the Lake District. It’s only around 30 minutes from our Yorkshire holiday park, too!

Towns and cities nearby


Head north from Bowland Fell and visit Settle, which enjoys a beautiful setting on the edge of some of England’s most dramatic scenery.


Just a short drive from our park, this busy market town is the southern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and is packed full of amenities.


Retaining much of its old character and charm, Clitheroe has a wide range of shops and a popular market three times a week.


A popular and desirable place to live, Barrowford was first developed as weaving town, employing several thousand people in its heyday.


A beautiful city, Lancaster still retains much of its character and provides an excellent historic gateway to the Forest of Bowland.


Home to one of Lancashire’s oldest traditional street markets (which is still going strong), this busy little town is well worth a visit.

Nearby villages


This tranquil and charming little village has a rich history and was recorded in the Domesday Book, meaning bow in the river.


One of the most spectacular villages in the Yorkshire Dales, it is just a short distance from dramatic limestone scenery.


Located in Upper Wharfedale, this popular and pretty village is a hive of activity and is known for its pubs, cafes, shops and riverside walks.


Regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the Yorkshire Dales, Burnsall lives on the River Wharfe and is surrounded by a circle of fells.