Forest of Bowland

We always like to go somewhere new, have a little adventure and see what we can find in the UK. This week we asked Twitter where we should go and @BritVoyage (her blog is here) suggested the Forest of Bowland. I didn’t realise we had been there before, but only a small part of it, so I had a little look online at what is there and well, this is what we did…

Stepping stones across the river.

We already knew that the Forest of Bowland was about an hours drive, so we didn’t have to wake up ridiculously early to get there. We also checked the weather and knew it’d be a great day for walking/being outside. So off we set. I had a place in mind that I wanted to see and that was Whitewell. I hate not knowing where I’m going to park, that always makes me a bit anxious – we could end up parking miles away from where we want to be.

So I had a look on maps before we left and found The Inn at Whitewell, and figured we could park there (and we did). The drive through the Forest of Bowland is lovely no matter which way you go, you’re surrounded by fields and trees, sheep and horses, and there are plenty of places to stop and get out of the car.

We got out and took the camera, neither of us realised just how close we were to the stepping stones – it was about a 2 minute walk from the car! We saw a few dogs just running across these stones like they were nothing, and also saw several people just strolling across them. There is more of these stones that it looks. I went across about 15 stones and thought I was half way and I wasn’t, but I was also going dizzy from looking down because of the water flowing through the middle of the stones.

On one side of these stepping stones is a huge field, that leads off to a walk (in several different directions). On the other side of the stones in a small walk way between the river and some trees – this walk way isn’t smooth and does consist of rocky terrain.

River Hodder.

We went on what turned out to be a lovely day for the weather, and it wasn’t full of people fighting to get across the water. In fact there weren’t very many people at all, as if maybe not that many people know about this area. You cannot see it from the road, so you do have to stop and walk to find it but it is worth it.

There is 0 phone signal anywhere round here, so when we did leave we just started heading in any direction till we got phone signal again to get directions. We went for lunch at The White Cross in Lancaster, this was sooo nice! They advised us that the wait for food was around 45 minutes, however it arrived in what felt like about 20 minutes after ordering. This is a nice little pub that sits at the side of the river so on a hot summers day you can sit outside and enjoy the weather.

Overall I would recommend going to the Forest of Bowland, having a drive around and finding somewhere to park up for a walk. You never know what you will find just a few feet away from you!

To see a little video from our visit please click here.

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