A National Landscape (formerly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONB) in Lancashire has been named among the best in the UK in a new list by The Times.

The newspaper has highlighted seven of its favourites in a new list and Forest of Bowland features.

The Lancashire beauty spot is ranked highly in the list of the top seven, sitting in second place.

Here’s what The Times had to say about the Forest of Bowland.

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You can find the full list from The Times here.

What did The Times say about the Forest of Bowland?

Described as “much quieter” than the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland is said to have a “special scientific interest” as well as a spot that will “impress foodies”.

The Times list says: “Much quieter than the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales, this 310 square mile area of natural beauty has rugged moorland, gritstone fells and farmland to explore (the historic moniker of “forest” can be rather misleading).

“Explore the 14th-century ruins of Whalley Abbey, or take in rousing views of the walkers’ favourite, Beacon Fell Country Park.

“Bowland is also a designated site of special scientific interest thanks to its proliferation of brown hares, bats, moths and birds, from oystercatchers to peregrine falcons.

“The Coach and Horses, on the forest’s eastern side, is a restored coaching inn that will impress foodies, with an elegant, locally led menu including dishes such as Eaves Hall Farm pork loin with salt-baked celeriac (mains from £19.50).”

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Forest in Bowland has a 4.5 rating on Tripadvisor from 56 reviews.

One reviewer complimented the area’s beauty, saying: “Went for a walk with my daughter and dog and was amazed at the beauty of the forest.

“Great walks in the forest and the density of trees is staggering. Parked at Gisburn hub and we just loved the forest. Can't wait to do it again”

Another said: “Absolutely stunning forrest. We live near a well astablished forrest but it's got nothing on this wonderful beauty. Lots of well sign posted walks.”