The Forest of Bowland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering over 300 miles of beautiful scenery ranging from Pendle Hill to Wennington in the north, and abuts onto the Yorkshire Dales in the east near Ingleton. To the west Bowland covers the fells west of Chipping and just to the north of Preston. The whole area sits between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks, making this an ideal venue to explore not only Bowland, but these other wonderful landscapes too.
Merrybent Hill lies just outside the quaint and unspoiled village of Slaidburn, right in the very centre of the Forest of Bowland.
There are many other delightful stone villages in Bowland, often with interesting history, such as Chipping, Downham, Bolton-by-Bowland, and Wray.
Gisburn Forest and Stocks Reservoir, which lie very close to Merrybent Hill, are popular venues for both walking and mountain biking. You can access and download a list of walks HERE but there are many more - just ask us and we will supply you with advice for routes and maps. At Gisburn Forest Hub mountain bikers can find a large number of differently graded trails.
Bowland is also famous for its dark skies, meaning that star gazing is a popular reason for visiting. Many of Merrybent Hill's guests come to star gaze as we are out in the wilds and there is no light pollution at all!
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