Forest of Bowland Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays Forest of Bowland guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
Forest of Bowland’s character is one of grandeur and isolation. The main Pennine range is dominated by a central upland core of deeply incised gritstone fells with summits above 450m and vast tracts of heather-covered peat moorland.
The foothills are dissected by steep-sided valleys which open out into the lowlands of the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre and Lune Valleys. Dotted with picturesque stone farms and villages, the lower slopes, criss-crossed by drystone walls, contrast with and complement the dramatic open sweep of the gritstone heights. On its south-eastern edge is Pendle Hill.
The moors are a major breeding ground for upland birds, and the lowlands contain important ancient woodland habitat.
Building in Bowland is in local gritstone and has a strong vernacular style which adds, rather than detracts, to the quality of the landscape.
See also our Lancashire guidebooks
Forest of Bowland Guidebooks
Some of the books displayed are out of print, but available from third-parties via Amazon. We welcome suggestions for additional guidebooks.
“A guidebook to 40 circular walks in the north of England in two of Lancashire’s largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Forest of Bowland, an area of 310 square miles (800km(2)), and the ‘bewitching’ countryside of Pendle to the south. These areas provide vastly differing terrain – from the lush farmlands of the Ribble valley to the more rugged rough pastures of the Forest of Bowland uplands and the huge boggy uplifts of the main Bowland massif itself. It’s all wonderfully wild walking country. This routes, which are suitable for walkers with navigational skills, include four ‘Marilyns’ – Ward’s Stone, Pendle Hill, Longridge Fell and Fair Snape Fell. All walks are illustrated with OS mapping and colour photos, and provide information on the natural and cultural history of the region – from wild flowers to witches.”
– Walking in the Forest of Bowland and Pendle: 40 Walks in Lancashire’s Area of Natural Beauty
“The Forest of Bowland is one of the most beautiful, unfrequented wild places in Britain, and a firm favourite with the Queen. The north-western remnant of the ancient wilderness which once stretched over a huge part of England, today it covers from Lancaster to Settle to Clitheroe, and was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964. It has adapted its purpose and appearance since its days as the woodland hunting grounds of the Kings of England, but it still contains some of Britains most spectacular views, wildest crags and moorlands, sharply contrasted with its idyllic small villages, rural farmlands and hamlets. The stunning images taken by local professional photographer Helen Shaw reveal many of the secret places in todays Forest of Bowland and this book, in words and pictures, will inspire many to visit this relatively unfrequented area: walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, historians and nature-lovers.”
– The Forest of Bowland, by Helen Shaw and Andrew Stachulski
“A Jack Keighley guide to walks in the Forest of Bowland. Describes 30 routes throughout the Forest including the gentle foothills in the south and north, on top of the moors and in the valleys. Hand-written and profusely illustrated in Jack Keighley’s unique and highly distinctive style. All the walks described in this book are circular, accessible by car, fairly uniform in length at an average of 6 miles and make good half-day excursions.”
– Walks in the Forest of Bowland: 30 Short Walks in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 30 Scenic Walks for All the Family
Forest of Bowland Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown below ) as well as the all-weather type. If you plan to use the map a lot, then we advise buying the all-weather version.