The Forest of Bowland

by Helen Shaw

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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.


188 Colour photographs


Sep 03, 2015


About the Author:

Helen Shaw lives in the North Pennines on a remote hillside south of Garrigill, Cumbria.

Her photographs have featured in The Times, Manchester Evening News, This England,
Cumbria Life, Westmoreland Gazette, The Scots magazine, Northern Life, and countless
other magazines and newspapers all across northern England. Her photographic
books have earned her a strong following: The Forest of Bowland, Land’s End to John
O’Groats, The Pennines, String of Pearls (Lake District).The North Pennines is her fifth book of landscape photography and her first one focussing entirely on her home of the North Pennines.

A keen walker and lover of wild and lonely places, she is married to Bob Shelmerdine
who shares her passion for the outdoors.

Dr Andrew Stachulski is a senior research fellow at Liverpool University and lives near Blackburn, Lancashire. He has climbed all the major Lake District fells, all the Munros, walked the Pennine Way, Coast to Coast Walk and Offa’s Dyke path. He has written a book, Home Ground, a collection of 20 walks in north-west England and has contributed to many walking magazines.

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