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Trough of Bowland, Lancaster

Categories: Valleys, Nature & Parks, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
The Trough of Bowland is a valley and high pass in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lancashire, England.The pass, reaching 968ft above sea level at the head of the valley, links to Wyresdale, dividing the upland core of Bowland into two main blocks. Though steep and narrow, the road is the most direct connection between Lancaster and Dunsop Bridge, and hence Clitheroe. It was the route taken by the "Pendle witches" to their trial at Lancaster Castle in 1612. The Grey Stone of Trough, at the head of the pass, marks the line of the pre-1974 county boundary between Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Historically, the Trough marked the westernmost boundary of the ancient Lordship of Bowland.DefinitionThe Trough is scenic and popular with visitors, particularly walkers and cyclists, so it is unsurprising that it is sometimes considered synonymous with the Forest of Bowland as a whole. However, it is in fact only a small part of the wider (312 sq.miles) Area of Natural Beauty.The Ordnance Survey indicates the Trough of Bowland to be solely the steep upper valley of Losterdale Brook above Trough Barn. However, the generally used definition includes: the main valleys of Langden Brook and its tributaries, as far as Dunsop Bridge, on the Wyresdale side of the pass, the moorland and wooded valley of Trough Beck as far as Trough Bridge; most reasonably extend the western 'boundary' to encompass the rest of the wooded headwater valley of the Wyre as far as Marshaw.
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  • I LOVE this place, it's scenic, with beautiful landscapes and I've seen some amazing wildlife. Although the queen owns most of it, which I think is appalling!!!! I love driving through the Trough of B...  read more »
  • The Trough covers many miles and this review covers the section running from Clapham towards Clitheroe. This is definitely a clear sunny day venue or a crystal clear frosty morning tour. In the summer...  read more »
  • Well worth a visit if driving/walking or cycling in the area. Stunning scenery. We even had nice weather, which was very lucky. 
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