Reasons to Visit

Walking Breaks


Exploring the Forest of Bowland AONB

From its gritstone fells to its deep valleys and peat moorland, the Forest of Bowland is made up of some stunning countryside, covering 312 square miles. The landscapes home to exciting species of birds and diverse wildlife.

There are so many ways to explore this beautiful area. You can enjoy a range of stunning walks that will challenge either the novice or experienced walker, from strenuous hikes to gentle valley rambles. Explore some of our walking guides below:


The walk below was created by Ribble Valley Borough Council as part of their Walks with Taste series, and starts & ends at the Assheton Arms. Perfect to take part in if you’re staying overnight with us, or to end your walk with a well deserved meal and a pint of Bowland Brewery’s finest in our restaurant.

Distance: 7.8km / 4.8miles

Time: 2½ to 3 hours

Moderate: 250m ascent – some short, steep climbs and several stiles

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This walk starts and ends in the village of Chatburn and circles through the village of Downham, making the Assheton Arms the perfect place to stop off for a bite to eat and a drink mid walk.

Distance: 7.1km / 4.4miles

Time: 1½ hours

Difficulty: Moderate

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