Places to visit, things to see and do in the Forest of Bowland, Lune Valley and Caldervale

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Places to Visit

Give the car a rest Walking and cycling are a great way to see the area without adding to the traffic. There are several walks right on your doorstep.

Some ideas for car free days out (33kb PDF)

Horse Riding / Trekking

Braeden Pony Trekking Centre web site

Festival of Bowland

Festival Bowland is a ‘year-round' calendar of events that celebrate the birds, wildlife, landscape and culture of the Forest of Bowland AONB.  Festival Bowland events showcase the area's special qualities and shares with others what makes it such a special place for people and wildlife and provides a wealth of events and opportunities for people to explore the area's special qualities throughout the year.  The Festival of Bowland (3mb PDF)

Cobble Hey

Farm visitor centre with rare breeds tea room and gardens, just a ten minuite walk away across open fields.

Calder Vale

Calder Vale Children's Festival on the second Saturday in June.

Bowland Wild Boar Park

View wild boar, longhorn cows and other animals. Children's playground, tractor rides, cafe and picnic area.

Clitheroe Castle and Museum

The Norman castle keep of Clitheroe has dominated the skyline for more than 800 years since being built around 1186. Recently refurbished the museum is packed with interesting exhibits plus has a modern cafe and gallery space.

Samlesbury Hall and Huntleys Farm Shop

Well preserved Tudor timber framed hall Samlesbury Hall is well worth a visit. Nearby is Huntleys Farm shop and restaurant features a wide range of local quality food, ice cream with in the summer has a Miscanthus crop maze and pick your own fruit.

Villages and Towns


Full of charm Chipping has won a number of best kept village competitions over the years. There are three pubs, Cafe, High Class Butchers and Icecream makers plus The Craft shop and gallery, which is the oldest continuously trading shop in Great Britain, open since 1668. In the village is an ancient water-wheel and the village church was founded in 597AD.

There is a yearly steam Fair, held the weekend of the May Spring Bank Holiday. Chipping Show celebrates all aspects of farming and rural life with a variety of attractions for all members of the family.


A village with three churches but no pub. The Barn garden center and gift shop and the Priory restaurant are worth a visit. Also an annual Vintage & Country Fayre.


Garstang is a historic market town off the A6 midway between Preston and Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It has a population of about five thousand. At a Public Town Meeting on Thursday 27th April 2000 the people of Garstang voted virtually unanimously for Garstang to become the world's first Fairtrade Town. Garstang Agricultural show is held every year on the first Saturday in August and is seen as one of the best one day shows in the country.

Garstang Arts and Music Festival

The Arts and Music Festival has been running in Garstang for nearly 15 years. The festival takes place in August for one week. Please check for details.

Garstang & District Children's Festival, May Spring Bank Holiday

Garstang Fairtrade Directory (51kb PDF)

Lunesdale Studio Trail

Every year in Beautiful Lunesdale, artists open their studios to the public. More info at Lunesdale Arts.

Great Eccleston

Great Eccleston Agricultural Show, second weekend in July.

The Hodder Valley Show

A traditional agricultural and horticultural show and a perfect family day out, with something for everyone to enjoy. Every year upwards of 3000 people, experience a slice of rural life in an idyllic setting.This year the show is on 12th September. Visit The Hodder Valley Show for Details.

Wildlife and Birdwatching

See our wildlife page for wildlife watching ideas

Interactive Map of wildlife Hotspots in Lancashire.

Nature reserves, visitor centres, wildlife walks and the best places for bird watching.

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Lancashire bird watching


Footpath from Caldertop Cottage to Cobble Hey
Footpath from Caldertop Cottage to Cobble Hey

Beacon Fell Visitor Centre
Beacon Fell Country Park

Brock Valley
Brock Valley

Cafe at Chipping

Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe Castle

Parlick Hill
Parlick Hill, Bleasdale

Hodder Show
Hodder Valley Show

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