Forest of Bowland AONB

Forest of Bowland AONB, Slaidburn, Lancashire, England

The Forest of Bowland, also known as the Bowland Fells, is an area of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland, mostly in north-east Lancashire, England with a small part in North Yorkshire (before 1974, some of the area was in the West Riding of Yorkshire). Once described as the "Switzerland of England", it has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1964. It is used for walking and cycling, though it is relatively unfrequented by tourists.

The Forest of Bowland AONB also includes a detached part known as the Forest of Pendle separated from the main part by the Ribble Valley, and anciently a forest with its own separate history. One of the best known features of the area is Pendle Hill, which lies in Pendle Forest. There are more than 500 listed buildings and 18 scheduled monuments within the AONB.

Photograph is of Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland.

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