Formed after the last ice age by glacial meltwaters the Trough of Bowland has left us today with some spectacular coutryside.
Sometimes people mistakenly refer to the Trough of Bowland being the wider area of Forest of Bowland.
The high pass near Marshaw reaches 295m above sea level and was previously the boundary with West Riding of Yorkshire.
A popular parking point at Langden usually has a portable café serving food and drinks. Smelt Mill is a little further south from here, and is home to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
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The Forest of Bowland is generally popular with cyclists, but the Trough of Bowland is a particular challenge for keen road bikers. The hardest way up (I gather) is from south to north, because the incline is slightly steeper.
The Trough is included in the ‘Bowland Badass’ race, a 166 mile epic route through the Forest of Bowland. The rather frightening looking map is here.
Here is a video of someone attacking the Trough
A gentle stroll around the Trough is easy, there are lots of places such as Langden or Haredon, but circular walks are generally longer.
Using Langden you can also head off up the valley of Fiendsdale Head for a 10 mile circular walk, heading back over Totridge, click here for details. Or there is a shorter Langden walk heading up Bleadale Water.
On the other side of Trough Road there is a good walk up to Whin Fell and Brennand Farm. Here is an older walk which is due for a revisit, click here.
The Forest of Bowland is popular with bird watchers, but the Trough of Bowland (especially Langden Valley) is an area well suited to many varieties of birds.
Along Langden you might see ring ouzels, dipper, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, oystercatcher dipper, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, oystercatcher, kestrel, merlin and of course the endangered hen harrier – Bowland’s symbol. Lancashire County Council run guided walks in summer ‘in search of Sky Dancers’.