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The Forest of Bowland has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1964. The Forest of Bowland AONB also includes a detached part known as the Forest of Pendle separated from the main part by the Ribble Valley, and anciently a forest with its own separate history. One of the best-known features of the area is Pendle Hill, which lies in Pendle Forest. There are more than 500 listed buildings and 18 scheduled monuments within the AONB.



SEE:  Downham has barely been touched since the 16th century. You might recognise it from the blockbuster Whistle Down the Wind, or from the BBC drama Born and Bred.

DO: Gisburn Forest Hub is the largest forest in Lancashire and has a network of waymarked forest walks and a cycle trail with a total length of the cycle network of 16km

EAT: Cool Cow Ice Cream made by Angela who makes around 1,000 litres of ice cream a week from her base at Old Holly Farm in Cabus. Milk comes daily from the organically-raised Friesian herd at Old Holly which Angela then pasteurises herself.

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