Things To Do

Country Parks

Rowanwater is a small family owned lakeside development with an ideal location for those who wish to explore the beauty of rural Lancashire. Close to two of England’s best country parks, you will have the opportunity to let the rural life style envelope you in natural beauty.

Forest of Bowland – Website


St. Michael’s-on-Wyre is ideally located less than an hour’s scenic drive from the Forest of Bowland Country Park which is a nationally recognised area of natural beauty. Covering 300 square miles it encompasses Pendle Hill, the Ribble Valley, Gisburn Forest and many more, plus National Heritage sites including some beautiful ancient castles and churches.

The Forest of Bowland offers some of the most beautiful and remote walking routes in the entire country. The area is serene and tranquil with routes through various different landscapes at several different exertion levels. If you are a keen walker then The Forest of Bowland AONB is certainly somewhere you will enjoy.

Walking Routes

It is not just walking on offer here, there are also a selection of cycling routes for those who prefer a more fast paced experience, the keen bird watcher can take advantage of this nationally protected landscape and its rare bird life, the more rugged routes are ideal for horse riding and some of the country’s most scenic and unspoiled rivers provide a diverse range of fishing opportunities






Lake District – Website


The Lake District is by far one of the country’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes and is easily reachable from Rowanwater with Windemere being less than an hour away. Famous for its lakes forests and fells it is a serene and peaceful escape into fresh air and stunning natural beauty.

Covering 1424 square miles and encompassing twelve of the largest lakes in England, The Lake District is the perfect place to sail, kayak, row or windsurf to your heart’s content.

Things to do

There are a multitude of walking routes for all abilities and whether it is an easy going riverside stroll or a more challenging uphill hike, the natural beauty and calming atmosphere of this outstanding countryside will take your breath away, even if the walking doesn’t.


As well as some of the best walking routes in Britain, there’s lots of cycling routes which take you through fairy tale forests or down windy country lanes. Whether you prefer road cycling or mountain biking, bikes can be hired all over the area and the maze of criss-cross routes will keep you spoilt for choice.


The charming rural towns dotted around the Lake District have quaint cafes and traditional British pubs, beautiful gardens and handcraft shops as well as many heritage and historical attractions.

Heritage & History

The River Wyre 


And for those who want to stay local, the River Wyre is easily accessible from Rowanwater to enjoy a pleasant stroll, a spot of fishing or even a splash about in a canoe. The River Wyre is 22 miles long and stretches from the Bowland Fells through Garstang, Churchtown and St. Michael’s all the way to where it meets the Irish Sea at Fleetwood. This lengthy body of water is a guide to many walking clubs and as a County Biological Heritage Site is home to some rare plants and animals for those interested in nature.

Walking Routes


In Garstang


Garstang, the world’s first Fairtrade town, is well-served with shops and pubs, a weekly market, 3 supermarkets, leisure facilities, swimming pool & golf club and only 5 minutes away by car or bus. Garstang High Street is home to many boutique shops which provide unique gifts and local produce and is dotted with traditional pubs where friendly locals enjoy their weekends. Garstang Golf Club has luscious greens which are playable all year round thanks to the excellent drainage and layout.

Garstang Golf Club

Garstang Leisure Centre provides a range of classes from spinning and bootcamp to pilates and yoga and a badminton club. Part of Garstang’s Leisure Centre is the Swimming Pool which is suitable for all levels of ability and has scheduled classes and early bird swimming sessions.

Garstang Leisure Centre

Lancaster Canal stretches over 40 miles and runs alongside Garstang providing an opportunity for days out on a barge or just a gentle stroll on the waters-edge.

Garstang Walking Festival 


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