Where to go and what to do in beautiful Bowland

A new booklet is set to be the essential guide to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this year. Businesses, tourism representatives and event providers joined AONB staff at the celebratory launch of the guide at Gibbon Bridge Hotel, near Chipping.

Discover Bowland 2015, a full-colour guide available on-line and from tourist information centres and selected venues, includes everything from walking routes and wildlife blogs to award winning green tourism businesses. Photographers will also find details of how to get their images featured on the AONB website each week.

Foodies are well catered for, and the guide includes a chance to win a meal at Northcote, the Parkers Arms, the Castle Inn and the Traddock.

The guide includes off-road cycling routes, woodland wanders, picnic spots and agricultural shows and for the first time it features the full Festival Bowland annual events calendar from February to December, with more than 90 events including guided walks, wildlife-spotting, traditional skills workshops, family-friendly activities and food and drink.

Sustainable tourism officer Hetty Byrne said: “The Forest of Bowland has so many fantastic things to discover.”

For more information see www.forestofbowland.com or call the AONB office on 01200 448000.