Exploring The Forest Of Bowland
20.06.2016 - 22.06.2016
20th & 21st June'16:
Proud of their heritage & rich cultural history & with a reputation for good cuisine.!!..That's what you get when you are in the Ribble Valley & that's where I've been hiding out for the last two days. Basing myself at the YHA in Slaidburn could not have been a better spot to go & explore, whether you're hiking, cycling or even driving. There are a number of quaint & pretty little villages dotted within this valley & unspoilt countryside..Newton-in-Bowland/ Tosside/Bolton-By-Bowland/Gisburn/Pendle Hill & Clitheroe are just a few... and it all lies in an area named the Forest Of Bowland which has been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Beauty in England and rightly so.. The other advantage in this area is that most of the villages or hamlets are within walking distance, & with a pub or inn in each one your quench for thirst could be for all the wrong reasons..There are a few awesome tasting ales being produced at local breweries here.!!!
The hostel holds it's own piece of local history having started out as a coaching inn back in the 17th. century & formerly known as the Black Bull while the local pub opposite, interestingly called the Hark To Bounty was so named after a favourite hound belonging to the Lord of the Manor..
It's been an interesting past weekend too, highlighting an amazing catchup after six years with friends Christina & Malcolm Usher whom we've known when we lived in Tasmania. They coincidentally happened to be holidaying in the UK at the same time & were on there way up to the Yorkshire Dales .. Drinks & tea at "The Shovels" in St. Annes On Sea was the ideal spot to celebrate.