The Woodland Trail is one of several marked walking routes at Beacon Fell Country Park in the Forest of Bowland.
It is an easy walk with no steep inclines and is just 1.3 miles in length. We walked the route in October 2015.
We parked our car at Beacon Fell’s main car park, just outside the Bowland Visitor Centre. Parking here cost just one pound. From here we headed east along Larch Avenue, a path running along the southern side of the park between Shield Wood and Big Meadow Wood.
After around half a mile we came to Black Tiger, one of several sculptures in the park by Thompson Dagnall.
From Black Tiger we then took the path north. After passing through Tarn Wood this brought us out into open ground near the Quarry Car Park. From here we had a good view of Parlick, one of the Bowland fells.
We then headed west to the summit of Beacon Fell. It was a fairly cloudy day but the summit didn’t disappoint and we still had good views of Parlick and Fair Snape.
From the summit we took the path south, passing Queens Grove on our right. We took a quick detour into the woods to see the Walking Snake and Heron sculptures, also by Thompson Dagnall.
The path then brought us back to the Bowland Visitor Centre where we had a drink and a bite to eat. We admired the Orme Sight sculpture before leaving.
Bowland Visitor Centre, Beacon Fell Country Park
Length: 1.3 miles
Time: 40 minutes hours
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