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The Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland is one of the most beautiful, unfrequented wild places in Britain, and a firm favourite with the Queen. The north-western remnant of the ancient wilderness which once stretched over a huge part of England, today it covers from Lancaster to Settle to Clitheroe, and was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964.

It has adapted its purpose and appearance since its days as the woodland hunting grounds of the Kings of England, but it still contains some of Britain’s most spectacular views, wildest crags and moorlands, sharply contrasted with its idyllic small villages, rural farmlands and hamlets.

The stunning images taken by local professional photographer Helen Shaw reveal many of the secret places in today’s Forest of Bowland and this book, in words and pictures, will inspire many to visit this relatively unfrequented area: walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, historians and nature-lovers.

Author: Helen Shaw & Andrew Stachulski
Photographer: Helen Shaw
ISBN: 978 1 906122 99 7
Published: September 2015
Format: 214 x 230 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 192
188 colour photographs
Price: £14.99

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The Forest of Bowland by Helen Shaw & Andrew Stachulski

Press reviews

Reviewed by Pam Norfolk of Lancashire Evening Post in September 2015

'In a captivating and fascinating new book, packed with stunning images from the camera of professional local photographer Helen Shaw, many of Bowland’s secret places are uncovered in spectacular fashion.


Find a peaceful corner, dip into this enchanting new book and enjoy Bowland in all its unforgettable splendour.'

Reviewed in This England in November 2015

'This splendid book contains outstanding colour photos and informative, explanatory text. It also represents great value for money and will give lasting pleasure.'

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