This beautiful woodland country park is just a short drive from the bustle of central Preston. Beacon Fell Country Park boasts 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Parking up in the visitor centre car park we set off, away from the trails, to explore the woods.
The park is home to a variety of forest walks, nature and a sculpture trail featuring the work of local artist Thompson Dagnall. The sculpture trail starts at the Orme Sight, adjacent to the visitor centre, and leads up to the summit of Beacon Fell.
The country park has been open since 1970 and is incredibly popular with walkers of all ages. We went off trail, tramping through the pine forests, away from the clutches of New Year’s Day walkers. We ambled along towards the summit, which is 266 metres above sea level, to take in some lovely panoramic views across the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
On our way back down to the car park we stopped off at the Bowland Visitor Centre for a warming hot chocolate. The centre includes a café as well as information about the fell and Forest of Bowland.
What a marvellous, free and healthy way to start 2016!
Beacon Fell Country Park, Goosnargh PR3 2NL