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Working alongside the Forest of Bowland – an Exciting Project

The Forest of Bowland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is one of the most stunning and varied areas of countryside in the UK. The 803 sq km of AONB provides a wealth of opportunities for people and wildlife to benefit from its unique and tranquil environment. The rolling hills, rivers, woodlands and heather moorland provide an idyllic backdrop for outdoor activities such as walking, fishing, cycling, bird watching and horse riding. The Forest of Bowland is a haven for wildlife. It is a particular delight for ‘twitchers’, with a wide variety of birds to be seen. Amongst them are the bitterns, egrets, Marsh and Hen Harriers, Great Crested Grebe, lapwings, oystercatchers, redshanks, peregrine falcon, and the golden plover. Its wide-open spaces are perfect for these birds to feed, breed, and live in relative peace. According to the Ordnance Survey, Dunsop Bridge

in the Forest of Bowland AONB is the official centre of the British Isles. This is where the first wheelchair will be launched. A lovely riverside walk is made possible by the Tramper which will be available to borrow from Wood End Farm. The second hub will be based at New Launds Farm, where visitors will be able to use the TerrainHopper and enjoy a guided walk through the stunning scenery of the Forest of Bowland.

The wooden gate stands tall against the backdrop of the hill. It's an old gate, with a weathered look and a timeless charm. The view from the gate is breathtaking, with lush green hills rolling away into the horizon. The sky is blue and dotted with white puffy clouds, making the view even more spectacular. Standing in front of the gate, you can see for miles and feel the peace of nature all around you. The gate is a perfect spot to take a break, to clear your mind, and to listen to the gentle breeze rustling through the trees. You can almost hear the birds singing and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. The gate is a special place, a place to escape to and contemplate the beauty of nature and the wonders of life.
View over the Forest of Bowland

Access The Dales is incredibly excited to announce that we will be launching two brand new wheelchair hubs in partnership with the Forest of Bowland in the coming weeks. This is part of our commitment to make outdoor activities more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Our wheelchair hubs will be an asset to the Forest of Bowland, offering an inclusive and enjoyable experience for wheelchair users who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to explore the area. The two wheelchair hubs will be strategically located in key locations in the Forest of Bowland, and will provide a safe and comfortable space for wheelchair users to explore the area. The hubs will include a wide range of facilities and amenities for wheelchair users, such as accessible toilets, seating, picnic areas, and even a range of outdoor activities and educational programmes. We are delighted to be able to provide our wheelchair users with a unique experience that will allow them to explore the beauty of the Forest of Bowland in a safe and accessible way. We look forward to seeing the impact of these wheelchair hubs in the coming weeks, and we are confident that they will have a positive impact on the lives of many wheelchair users throughout the Forest of Bowland.


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