Langden Head in the The Langden Valley in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, England - September 2012

The Forest of Bowland, also recognized as the Bowland Fells, is an area of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland, generally in north-east Lancashire, England. A tiny aspect lies in North Yorkshire, and much of the area was traditionally aspect of the West Driving of Yorkshire. It has been specified an Region of Exceptional Pure Attractiveness (AONB) given that 1964, and is applied for grouse capturing, walking and biking, however it is relatively unfrequented by visitors. One of the finest recognized capabilities of the area is Pendle Hill, which is separated from the main aspect of the Forest of Bowland AONB by the Ribble Valley.
13% of the AONB is specified a Site of Distinctive Scientific Desire for its important spots of heather moorland and blanket bathroom. The area is nationally and internationally important for its upland bird populations – the hen harrier is the symbol of the AONB. There are over five hundred shown structures and eighteen scheduled monuments within the AONB.
The title ‘forest’ is applied in its regular feeling of ‘a royal looking ground’, and much of the land nonetheless belongs to the British Crown as aspect of the Duchy of Lancaster. In the previous wild boar, deer, wolves, wild cats and game roamed the forest.

Heather moorland on Clougha, in the north west of the Forest of Bowland, hunting toward the Yorkshire 3 peaks
Bowland remains as the northwestern remainder of the historic wilderness that when stretched over a enormous aspect of England, encompassing the Forest of Bowland, Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire), the New Forest (Hampshire) and Savernake Forest (Wiltshire). Though the Trough of Bowland (the valley and high move connecting the Wyre (at Marshaw) and Langden Brook and dividing the upland main of Bowland into two main blocks) signifies the area, to numerous, on account of its popularity, it is in fact only a tiny aspect of the broader Forest of Bowland area.
The hills on the western facet of the Forest of Bowland attract walkers from Lancaster and the surrounding area. Overlooking Lancaster is Clougha Pike, the western-most hill. The hills kind a huge horseshoe shape with its open up close struggling with west. Clockwise from Lancaster the hills are Clougha Pike (413 m), Grit Fell (468 m), Ward’s Stone (561 m), Wolfhole Crag (527 m), White Hill (544 m), Whins Brow (476 m), Totridge (496 m), Parlick (432 m), Good Snape Fell (510 m), Bleasdale Moor (429 m), and Hawthornthwaite fell (478 m).
The area is household to the geographic centre of Fantastic Britain which is shut to the Whitendale Hanging Stones, about four miles (six.four km) north of Dunsop Bridge.
The Forest of Bowland is household to an yearly obstacle celebration: The Bowland Obstacle where by groups of walkers navigate about a collection of grid references over a 10 hour interval. Proceeds of the celebration go to guidance Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Workforce.

Posted by SaffyH on 2012-ten-16 21:39:17