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The Forest of Bowland AONB

Kettledrum, 6 Root Hill Estate Yard, Whitewell Road, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire BB7 3AY

T. 01200 448000


  • The Forest of Bowland AONB is situated in North West England, covering 803 square kilometres (312 square miles) of rural land in the counties of Lancashire (730 sq km) and Yorkshire (73 sq km).
  • Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964
  • Important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds
  • In 2005 the AONB became the first protected area in England to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, and this honour was repeated when the Charter was re-awarded in September 2010. And in November 2011 the AONB were recipients of the prestigious ‘Best Destination’ runner-up award from The International Responsible Tourism Awards.
  • The AONB's population of just 16,000 live mostly in its historic villages, with the remainder in loose-knit hamlets or isolated dwellings in open countryside. Some are estate villages where buildings are of a similar age and architecture, for example Downham, Slaidburn and Abbeystead
  • The AONB encompasses 18 parishes within two counties, is host to six districts and four rivers.