Exploring the Bowland AONB: Fishing Spots

When it comes to true variety in environment and challenge, the Forest of Bowland AONB offers some of the sweetest fishing spots in the UK.

We discovered this on our sixth fishing trip, one that saw us hire a caravan in a popular forest park for the weekend, so that we could truly surround ourselves in nature and get the most of the local area.

Bowland Fell Park is a holiday and caravan site that rests on the very edge of the Bowland Fell Area of Natural Beauty. It’s picture perfect location offers some of the best views of green spaces that I can remember seeing. As far as facilities go, you couldn’t really ask much more of this place. There’s a farm shop on-location, as well as a pub which was perfect for a few evening pints after a long days’s fishing. A peaceful, relaxed atmosphere reigns here at the Park, which makes it little surprise that this is one of the top sites to find static caravans for sale in Yorkshire.

We spent a long weekend in the Forest of Bowland with the express purpose of finding as many great places to fish as possible, luckily for us we’d spent the months leading up to this holiday researching spots all along the various rivers that run through this Forest. The Ribble, Lune and Hodder all flow through the Forest with day-ticket fishing available for as little as £5 at some sites. If you want to fish on the Ribble, then you’ll need to purchase a specific passport first for the area, as well as enough tokens to cover your stay.

Tokens cost £2.50 each and can be bought in sets of 5 or 10. These can be purchased in advance online, so it’s a good idea for you to think about booking these before you make your trip to Bowland. There’s a good variety of beats to fish at once you do make it up to Bowland – what you choose to actually fish is very much up to you. Fisheries all around the area specialise in keeping large stocks of carp, trout and pike amongst loads of others – and as there are so many spots to go to, you’re almost guaranteed to find a peaceful spot to settle down for the day.

Don’t expect to be overwhelmed with activities to do in the evening here – this is the middle of the countryside after all, hardly what you’d call Piccadilly Circus – however, after a long day of fishing, we often found that we didn’t have much energy left, so we spent most of our nights in the caravan cooking up a storm or simply drinking a bottle of wine or two.

The fishing itself will vary greatly depending on where you go and at what time. When we visited Bowland, we were all up for a bit of a challenge, so we spent the majority of the week up to our knees in the river attempting to hook one of the elusive trouts that make their way downstream throughout the Winter months.

None of us were that lucky – but we had a great time nonetheless!

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