The Garden Cottage Self Catering Accommodation, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

Walking and Cycling Pendle, Ribble Valley and The Forest of Bowland

Situated on the flank of Pendle Hill overlooking the Ribble Valley. From your doorstep you can chose either challenging moorland or gentle rolling countryside to explore.  No need to use your car. A short drive away there are endless possibilities, in Pendle you could explore the moors made famous by the Bronte sisters, in the Ribble Valley there are long quiet lanes riverside paths and ancient woodlands. Further there are undiscovered delights of the Forest of Bowland and the magnificence of the Yorkshire Dales.

Cycling or walking, below are just a small selection of leaflets and web pages to wet your appetite. One place that is a must for walking and cycling is Gisburn Forest.

Every year at the begining of September Pendle holds a walking festival with guided walks and special events.

The best maps for the area are Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale, OS Explorer Map sheet OL21 South Penninesand Landranger Map sheet 103.

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Around Pendle (PDF 641kb)
Middop Hall Walk (PDF 3.6mb)
Rimington to Twiston (PDF 4.0mb)
Worston to Downham (PDF 1.1mb)

Rimington Walk 1 (PDF 511kb)
Rimington Walk 2 (PDF 551kb)
Rimington Walk 3 (PDF 595kb)
Rimington Walk 4 (PDF 556kb)
Rimington Walk 5 (PDF 522kb)

Leaflets produced by local tourist bodies in PDF format


Pendle's own Three Peaks Pendle, Boulsworth, Weets (pdf)

Barley - Barrowford (PDF 1.8mb)

Downham Circular Walk 2 (pdf)

Downham Circular Walk 3 (pdf)

Ogden Reservoir and Fell Wood (pdf)

Aitken Wood and Pendle Sculpture Tramper Trail (pdf)

Black Moss (pdf)

Newchurch - Pendle Hill - Barley (PDF 1.6mb)

Wycoller Country Park (PDF 601kb)

Foulridge beating the bounds (PDF 618kb)

Pendle cycleway (pdf)

Ribble Valley

Brungerley Bridge to Grindleton Bridge via West Bradford Bridge (pdf)

Edisford Bridge to Brungerley Bridge (pdf)

Edisford Bridge to Little Mitton (pdf)

Tolkien Trail, Walk in the footsteps of author J.R.R. Tolkien (pdf)

Lancashire cheese trails

Creamy Lancashire Cheese Walk (pdf)

Forest of Bowland

Dunsop Bridge Circular Walk (pdf)

Dunsop Bridge – Tramper Trail (pdf)

River Dunsop and Black Brook Circular (pdf)

Newton to Dunsop Bridge Circular (pdf)

Stocks Reservoir Circular (pdf)

Linking the Meadows: Gisburn Forest and Black House Farm Circular (pdf)

Gisburn Forest Mountain Bike Trails (pdf)

Gisburn Forest Family cycle route leaflet (pdf)

Bowland By Bike (pdf)

Forest of Bowland AONB General Information (pdf)

Forest of Bowland AONB Access Land (pdf)

Forest of Bowland AONB Treading Carefully (pdf)


Please follow the Countryside Code (PDF 268kb)

Gisburn Forest
Gisburn Forest

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