Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is a landscape rich in heritage, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much of this beauty is related to the wild nature of the landscape – itself a result of hundreds, if not thousands of years of human activity.

Many of the features present in Bowland today were established in the post medieval period. There were five main forests – the Royal Forest of Bowland; and three others belonging to the earldom of Lancaster at Bleasdale, Quernmore, Wyresdale and Pendle. Hunting in these areas was traditionally for deer and wild boar, together with rabbits, foxes, hares, pheasants and partridges


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