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Our definition of North West England covers the area between the western Pennines and Cheshire, including the Forest of Bowland and the countryside of Lancashire – a surprisingly varied county with hills, moors, river valleys and unspoilt countryside.
Cheshire offers the walker a soft and gentle landscape of wooded hillsides, gentle lowlands, charming villages and famous stately homes. With one border within the wild upland landscape of the Peak District, the county enjoys over 2200 miles of fine walking on public rights of way. Historic Walks in Cheshire offers twenty routes around the county's best historic sites.
Lancashire is a county with a rich variety of landscapes – from low-lying broad valleys and coastal regions such as Silverdale and Arnside, to woodlands and moors and dramatic high points such as Pendle Hill (with its witchcraft legends) and Fair Snape Fell.
The Lancashire Cycleway provides a challenge for cyclists of all abilities, forming a figure-of-eight route across the whole county.
The whole region is within easy reach of Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, with good access by both road and rail.
www.forestofbowland.com (AONB visitor info)
www.fyldecoastramblers.co.uk (Walking club)
www.cheshirewalkers.org.uk (Ramblers Association in Cheshire)
www.fellscape.co.uk (Walks and pubs in the Forest of Bowland)
www.visitlancashire.com (Tourist Information board)
www.forestofbowland.net (Holiday cottages)