Slaidburn and The Hodder Valley
At the heart of the Forest of Bowland
for the community and available to all
Walking and Cycling
Slaidburn provides an ideal base for discovering the wide variety of walks that the Forest of Bowland offers.
The Hodder Valley is a paradise for walkers of all abilities. From a short stroll around the village or by the river to a strenuous walk across the Bowland Fells - you can have it all. There are also walks through pasture and meadow land, some excellent riverside walks and a 9 mile circular walk around Stocks Reservoir which follows parts of the route of the temporary railway used in the construction of the reservoir dam.
A particularly pleasant walk of about six miles goes out of the village from the Old Bridge along the footpath, passed Hammerton Hall which is a fine building now converted into two dwellings. Then along the path to Raingill Farm with its unusual barn and on to edge of Gisburn Forest. Next turn left down the road to Dalehead Church which is an interesting building with an exhibition inside and which has a wind turbine producing its electricity and many wild flowers and plants in the Church Yard. Across the road and up Black House drive taking in breathtaking views of the reservoir and follow another footpath that leads back to Hammerton Hall and on to the village.
and further ideas can be found at Tourist Information in Clitheroe - phone 01200 425566.
Slaidburn to Dunsop Bridge (PDF 1,859kb)
Dunsop to Chipping (PDF 1326kb)
Gisburn Forest Guide (PDF 313kb)
Stocks Reservoir Walk (PDF 610kb)
Slaidburn Local Attractions & Activities (PDF 4.8mb)
Forest of Bowland AONB Map (PDF 4.5mb)
Forest of Bowland AONB General Information (PDF 4.9mb)
Forest of Bowland AONB Access Land (PDF 6.4mb)
Forest of Bowland AONB Treading Carefully (PDF 268kb)
TheFellscape website has a list of walks in the Forest of Bowland:
Walks near Tatham Fells north of Slaidburn
The area has good facilities for both road and off road cyclists. The Lancashire Cycle Way passes directly through Slaidburn and provides an excellent long distance route for touring cyclists. Gisburn Forest has a range of mountain bike tracks through the varied forestry within the hilly catchment area of Stocks Reservoir. The forest tracks, some challenging and others more gentle, start from Cocklet Hill car park which is just over three miles from the hall.
To arrange a local cycle holiday or hire, try contacting
Cycling (also good walks)
Gisburn Forest Mountain Bike Trails (PDF 5.7mb)
Lancashire Cycleway Northern Loop (PDF 461kb)
Salter Fell - Cross O'Greet Circuit (PDF 3.0mb)
Dunsop Bridge - Dunsop Valley 8km (1 hour) (PDF 279kb)
Gisburn Forest Family cycle route leaflet (PDF 232kb)
The Roses Border Ride (PDF 2.8mb)
Bowland By Bike (PDF 3.4mb)
Gisburn Mountain Bike Trails web site
Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale, OS Explorer Map sheet OL21 South Pennines and Landranger Map sheet 103.
Please follow the Countryside Code (PDF 268kb)
Festival Bowland a year round calendar of events in and around the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley including guided wildlife walks.
Festival Bowland (PDF 4.3mb)
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