With so much to see and do within a short drive of our Park, we’ve compiled a few lists of fantastic must-see places…

Early in each month, our Blog updates with special events and attractions to take place over the remainder of the month, so don’t forget to check that regularly (and keep an eye on our Facebook page for reminders!)

When you’re looking for something to see or a refreshing walk to take, these local beauty spots will repay your time – but keep an eye on the weather.

Half an Hour’s Drive Away or Less

Based as we are in the beautiful heartland of North Lancashire, we’re blessed to have amazing scenery and fantastic nature walks all around us. Visit Lancashire have created a pamphlet of great walks around Lancaster, Morecambe, and across the Lune Valley which can be downloaded here.

Arnside & Silverdale has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and if you want to spend some time stretching your legs within its splendour, there are some great walking routes which have already been picked out.

Dentdale is a hidden gem of the southern Lakes, and the opportunities there for walking, cycling, or simply enjoying your time communing with nature are almost limitless.

Less Than an Hour’s Drive Away

Being so close to the Forest of Bowland, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we also have to highlight this selection of other great walks within easy reach of Park guests.

You can’t overlook the beauty of the Lake District, either! Go Lakes has some fantastic ideas for walks and for places to visit, from the well-known and famous to the little-known treasures that deserve a wider exposure.

Near the village of Beetham are the famous Fairy Steps. Beloved of legend and steeped in real history to boot, this magical place is surrounded by beautiful woodland and boasts a challenge that few if any succeed in. Are you able to climb the steps without touching the sides? Legend has it that any who do will have their wishes come true…

Heading east brings you inexorably and inevitably to the village of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, at the heart of Three Peaks Country. The walks and breathtaking views available here are well worth the trip and must be experienced to truly understand. Follow the Waterfalls Walk through woodland gorges and majestic waterfalls.

Wensleydale hosts a number of charming traditional villages, with stunning views wherever you turn. You can find walking routes, a variety of attractions, as well as a lively culinary scene.

If you find that you’ve visited all of the locations above, always remember – there are plenty of beautiful places near us, so you can always ask your neighbour (or us!) for recommendations or simply go exploring.