Drinking Ales in the Forest of Bowland

There are Pints Galore in Bowland!

A Stunning Landscape Full of Excellent Pubs…

Although the Forest of Bowland is pretty much 200 miles away from Forth Valley, this huge expanse of rugged fields and woods is home to some of the best pubs in England. Rugged 17th century inns rub shoulders with tidy modern establishments, making for a veritable odyssey of real ale fun.

The Inn At Whitewell

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There are few public houses that can rival The Inn at Whitewell for its sheer grandeur and old world charm. Nestled in the tiny village of Whitewell, visiting this pub is akin to taking a step back in time. Although this 18th century inn has been restored more than a handful of times it is yet to lose its unique character, something that you could say is ingrained into the very fabric of the building. The food here is excellent and the beers (usually locally sourced) are very well kept.

Crowtrees Inn

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Even older still, the 17th century Crow Trees Inn now finds itself within the caravan holiday park Bowland Fell. Although overtly discerning ale drinkers might baulk at the idea of walking by park homes for sale in Yorkshire on the way to pick up their pint, the truth is that this is one of the hidden gems of the Forest of Bowland. Boasting a healthy lineup of local beers including brews from Settle Brewery, Lancaster The Brewery and Bowland Brewery – static homes or not, this is a great place to find a pint at.

Fenwick Arms

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Conveniently places on the only main road running through the AONB, the Fenwick Arms has a truly unique selling point in its excellent selection of seafood. Less than 10 miles from the coast, this popular stopping point for travellers serves wonderfully fresh seafood in a well-presented historical setting. Although the Fenwick brands itself as a ‘Seafood and Steak Pub‘ this undersells the well poured lineup of beers that they frequently have on offer; well worth a stop-off on your road trip.

Bowland Beer Hall

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Owned by James’ Places, the firm behind Shireburn Arms and the grand Royal Hotel, the Bowland Beer Hall is one of the longest bars in the UK at a stonking 105ft 4″. This is less a pub and more of a permanent beer festival, as the bar is home to a minimum of 24 unique cask ales at any one time. You can track down the full range of Bowland Brewery beers here, as well as a whole host of other brews including lagers and ciders. This is a truly flexible venue, ideal for a few cosy pints or a full-on Bavarian style drinking marathon.

Parkers Arms

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One of the most celebrated pubs in the region, we’d be remiss not to mention Parkers Arms, a perfectly situated pub that continues to win numerous awards for both their hospitality and their food alike. Although you could be forgiven for losing your way to this charming pub (phone/GPS signal is known to drop out in this area) you’ll be glad once you’ve made your way there. The landscape in this are can be truly breathtaking, making the journey there all apart of the end experience.