My husband and I have just got back from a weekend of cycling in the Forest of Bowland. We stayed at Wood End Farm which is situated on the right hand side after the bend, just as you come into Dunsop Bridge from the Newton-In-Bowland direction.
I couldn’t have asked for a better location or venue for an overnight stay. Our room was a double, ensuite, which overlooked the small garden and road at the front of the house. The house is a traditional farm house with lots of features you would expect from a building of this type – wooden ceiling beams, quaint little windows, a beautiful dressing table and mirror. There was a fab little window cushioned seat in our room that meant you could sit with a book and a cup of tea and listen to the birds and the trickling water feature in the garden below. Please note that this runs continuously so if you are a light sleeper you may want to either close the windows at night (not practical in summer) or take earplugs.
There is also a stair lift up to the bedrooms for those who may be less mobile.
We ordered porridge the night before ready for breakfast in the morning and I have to say it was some of the best I had ever tasted. Doreen cooked it slowly in the Aga overnight and so it was creamy and soft, a bit like rice pudding – amazing.
Breakfast started with half a grapefruit, followed by toast and homemade lemon curd and marmalade. Then the porridge. Then came the full cooked breakfast – perfect for a day tackling the fells of the Trough of Bowland.
There was plenty of parking and Doreen let us lock our bikes and bike rack in one of the farm buildings to keep is secure during the night.
We walked the 2.5 miles up the road to the Parkers Arms in Newton-In-Bowland for our evening meal on the Saturday and then walked it off afterwards. A torch is a must if you do this as there is no street lighting and a few cars, although not many. There are a couple of other well-known eateries in the area but all require a car to get there from Wood End Farm – not sure what it would be like for taxis out there as it is a bit out of the way.
We didn’t go into Dunsop Bridge village, which is just around the corner from Wood End farm but we did drive through on the way to Chipping on the Sunday and it looked delightful. Not much in the way of shops so bring with you anything you consider to be essential.
Doreen was a lovely hostess, chatty and happy to share her knowledge of the area. I don’t think this will be the last time we stay at Wood End Farm – loved every minute of it.
- Also Known As:
- Wood End Farm Clitheroe, Lancashire