St James & Milky Way

The Forest of Bowland National Landscape is a truly special place and we hope our annual Discovery Guide and this website help you to enjoy and experience it to the full.

Here in the Forest of Bowland there are so many things to discover: wild, remote fells and gentle, riverside rambles; fascinating wildlife and intriguing heritage; welcoming villages and mouth watering local produce.

The Forest of Bowland was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964 and provides some of the most peaceful and remote walkingcyclingwildlife-watching and star-gazing  in the country.  Explore some of the many unique villages steeped in history, while away your time observing some of the rare and enigmatic birds and wildlife, or simply indulge in afternoon tea in some fantastic cafes, tearooms and inns.

For a year round calendar of events celebrating the birds, wildlife, landscape and culture of the Forest of Bowland visit