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Trough of Bowland, Lancaster

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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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  • Visited in August 2017, the heather was in full flower, a truly magnificent sight. The narrow road winds through the Trough of Bowland, very tranquil place.  more »
  • Beautiful unspoilt countryside. Very quiet just natural beauty all round. Mist came in very quickly but still enjoyable.  more »
  • Took a trip up here this afternoon. Lots to see. Small streams all over the area. Goats everywhere. The weather changed while we were there and the clouds came down very quickly and it was very eerie ...  more »

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