The Forest of Bowland and Clitheroe Castle

By Joanne Rowe | Blog

Feb 18


The Forest of Bowland covers over 312 square miles and is also known as the Bowland Fells, an area of outstanding natural beauty comprising of barren grimstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland. It is just 25 miles from Coldwell Activity Centre , so just takes under an hour to get there.

wards stone-forest of bowland

wards stone-forest of bowland

It is mostly in north-east Lancashire but some parts do creep over into Yorkshire. It includes the famous Pendle Hill, and nearly all of the Ribble Valley.  It is a spectacular area for walking and cycling, particularly Gisburn forest which has bike trails for both novices and experienced riders. If pre-booked, bikes can also be hired from cycle companies who will meet you at the forest with the bikes.

The St.Helens Prince’s Trust that come to Coldwell Activity Centre six times a year usually spend a full day there with the group on a scenic walk. They also include a walk up the infamous Pendel Hill that is in view from our Centre.  Our other Prince’s Trust groups also combine other activities in their week.


Pendle Hill with a sprinkling of snow

Caves in the area include Hell Hole, Whitewell Cave, and Whitewell Pot.

Within the Ribble Valley is the thriving market town of Clitheroe, with Pendle Hill in the backdrop. There are shops aplenty, eateries, good pubs and a fantastic castle to visit. The High Street is a plethora of independent shops, selling unique gifts, award winning sausages, and tempting tasty treats.

Clitheroe castle is a historic landmark rising high above the town. It was recently awarded the accolade of ‘best small visitor attraction of the year’ and the museum has undergone a complete makeover.  Only a 35 minute drive from Coldwell .


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