The stunning location of Bowland Barn ensures our visitors experience the perfect balance of peaceful rural surroundings and easy driving distances to local towns and local attractions. With outstanding walking from the front door, we can help you pick routes and lengths of walk which suits your fitness levels perfectly.

The barn is perched on the fringes of The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just a short drive from both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. That means if exploring some of the most stunning landscapes in England are on your bucket list, visiting us will put them on your doorstep!

We’re located in the heart of amazing cycling country, so if spending your days exploring the countryside from the saddle floats your boat, this is an ideal base. You’ll find undercover bicycle storage to keep your bike safe while you recharge your legs with good food and drink.

Here are just some of the local attractions you can visit when you stay with us here at Bowland Barn:

Lancaster & Lancaster Castle

This pretty city is packed full of heritage, independent shops and has a striking medieval castle perched above it. Perfect for exploring when your legs need a break from exploring the fells and moors…

Williamson Park

This sprawling 54-acre park and woodland has spectacular views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District and is home to the iconic Ashton Memorial. There is a butterfly house and resident meerkats, marmosets, minibeasts and birds, so it’s perfect for keeping children entertained!

The Forest of Bowland AONB

The gentle landscape of the 312 square mile Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty takes in moorland, woodland, streams, farms and villages. You’ll also find pubs with amazing locally produced food and countless cycling and walking routes to explore.

Morecambe Bay

The UK’s largest expanse of tidal sand and mud flats (with golden sandy beaches too!) Morecambe Bay is a great place to spot some seals, take in the sea air and enjoy some locally caught fish and chips. The coastline and beaches go on for miles and there are exceptional views of the nearby Lake District making Morecambe Bay is the perfect place to spend a day exploring or relaxing.

The Lake District National Park

The largest National Park in England, the Lake District’s iconic hills, mountains and lakes make it a popular destination for tourists all year round. It’s home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and the deepest lake, Wastwater, plus myriad pretty market towns and villages, cafes, pubs and restaurants. A haven for anyone who appreciates the beauty of natural landscapes.


The iconic town of Blackpool is less than an hour’s drive away and offers hours of entertainment for thrill seekers and sightseers at the Pleasure Beach, Grand Theatre and iconic Blackpool Tower. The Blackpool Illuminations are well worth a visit if you are in the area between September and January.

The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is another haven for walkers and cyclists as well as those looking for bucolic English towns and villages to explore. It encompasses thousands of square miles of stunning moorland, valleys, hills and rivers, with ancient castles hinting at its importance in our nation’s history.