Beacon Fell Country Park
Beacon Fell Country Park features 75 hectares of woodland, grassland and moorland.
The visitors centre is currently closed. The café is open from Thursday to Sunday each week, on a "kiosk take away style" system.
The woodland trail
The woodland trail takes about 40 minutes to complete, taking you past Larch Avenue, Shield Wood, Tarn Wood, Middle Wood and the summit. As you go round the trail you will see the different species of trees that have been planted in the wood and the different habitats that they have created.
Starting at the Orme Sight adjacent to the visitor centre the trail leads up to the summit of Beacon fell. The trail features a number of sculptures carved by local artist Thompson Dagnall, including The Snake which has returned to Beacon Fell.
Read more about the return of the Super Slivering Snake.
The fellside trail is a circular route provided for horse riders. The route takes approximately one hour to complete.
Beacon Fell summit
A triangulation pillar is situated on the site of where the beacon would have stood. Records show that there was a beacon here as long ago as 1002 AD. Later maps show it as part of a chain used to warn of impending danger such as the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588. More recent beacons have been used to celebrate such occasions as coronations and jubilees. Rising to a height of 266 metres above sea level the summit gives fantastic panoramic views of the Bowland Fell and Parlick Fell.
Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under close control and out of the wildlife ponds. Be aware that there are sheep grazing at certain times of the year. All dog waste should be bagged and disposed of responsibly.
There is a barbeque area at Carwags, on Carwags Lane leaving the fell towards Longridge. This site is the only place on the park where barbeques are allowed.
Test your navigation skills whilst exploring the fell. There is a range of courses suitable for all abilities including children.
Special packs are available from the visitor centre for a small charge.