The Forest of Bowland National Landscape is beautiful, but people make it outstanding.

Our mission is to protect and regenerate this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And to make sure everyone can enjoy it.
As a small team, we work in partnership with many others. Bringing together landowners, the local community and other organisations to create and deliver our Management Plan.
Through this plan, our team and partners make sure that the Forest of Bowland National Landscape is a beautiful, thriving place that all people feel they can be part of.

National Landscapes are places where people live and work and come to breathe. Places where our stories come to life. 

Discover the story of the UK’s National Landscapes and find out more about the work they do at

The Forest of Bowland National Landscape is one of 46 National Landscapes covering just under 1/5th of the UK. They offer a wealth of opportunities for both people and wildlife to benefit from the countryside and, as vibrant, living landscapes, they underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of our society.

National Landscapes have some of the UK’s best countryside for walking, cyclingwildlife-watching and star-gazing and Bowland is no different. From quiet lanes, ancient woodlands, distinctive and attractive villages to flower-filled hay meadows, open moorland and a wealth of local culture and heritage.

Your visit to Bowland can help to keep it special – the money you spend buying local products and using local services helps to sustain our local communities, the communities that help to give the countryside its distinctive character.

Millions of people, both local residents and visitors, enjoy National Landscapes every year – many without realising they are in a designated landscape. Make this year your year to discover – or rediscover – what Bowland and the UK’s 46 National Landscapes have to offer.

Find our more about the Special Qualities of the Forest of Bowland

For ideas for car-free breaks in the Forest of Bowland take a look at our Eco Escapes website.