Things to do in the Forest of Bowland
Moss Wood Caravan Park, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB
The Forest of Bowland is an internationally recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which sits just a stones throw away from Moss Wood Caravan Park and nearby Lancaster. The area is one of England’s hidden gems, tucked away in the heart of Lancashire. While frequented by hikers and cyclists all year round, the area remains largely untouched by tourism giving those who do visit a real treat of unspoiled natural beauty.
Historic Forest of Bowland
The Forest of Bowland is a historic Royal Forest – more of an ancient hunting preserve than a wooded area. Much of the area is heather moorland and along with the internationally renowned natural beauty, there are over 500 listed buildings and 18 scheduled monuments within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Forest of Bowland is a haven for birds, and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Of particular importance is the Hen Harrier, whose image forms the symbol of the Forest of Bowland AONB. As recently as 2013, there were no breeding Hen Harriers in England, however this local gem is now included in a European project to ensure a sustainable future for this stunning bird of prey.
With so many places to visit in the area, for walking, cycling or just taking in some of the most stunning views in the North of England, you might need a hand deciding where to start! Luckily there is an interactive map available at the Forest of Bowland website – click here to have a look now.
Alternatively, you can download the 2016 brochure here to get some ideas of where to go while visiting the Forest of Bowland during your stay with us here at Moss Wood Caravan Park. Just click the brochure below to start downloading your free guide.
You can easily reach the Forest of Bowland from Moss Wood by cycling, or your can cycle around the outside of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by following the Lancashire Cycleway Northern Loop (National Cycle Route 90). Click here to find the route maps you’ll need.