A Lancashire beauty spot has been named among the 10 best places to travel to this spring in a new list by National Geographic.

Introducing the list, National Geographic said: “Whether you’re longing to fill your lungs with sea air or are looking to spend some quiet days rambling through the countryside, these UK destinations are all perfectly suited to spring travel.

“From the ‘Queen of Welsh resorts’ to the region that’s home to the UK’s rarest butterfly species, these are 10 of the best destinations to escape to this Easter holiday and beyond.”

The Forest of Bowland features at number nine in the list - you can see all the places recognised via the National Geographic website.

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What did National Geographic say about the Forest of Bowland?

National Geographic said: “Sandwiched between the great cities of Manchester and Liverpool to the south, and the beauty spots of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales to the north, the Forest of Bowland is every bit as enchanting as its more famous neighbours.

“This is a land with a deep history peopled by Vikings, witches and kings; where the patchwork fields, coaching inns and pretty villages evoke a sense of time out of mind.

“A designated AONB, its gorgeous landscapes are more diverse than its name suggests, with the woodlands of the Lune Valley ascending to the wild moorlands of the Bowland Fells.

“The new Eco Escapes initiative connects them with local food producers, pubs and B&Bs by public transport, meaning it’s never been easier to explore the region in an eco-minded way.”

The Forest of Bowland is a popular spot for those who like to get out and about and enjoy nature.

Some visitors have left reviews on Tripadvisor praising the beauty spot and it has received a 4.5/5 rating from 56 reviews.

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One visitor said: “Went for a walk with my daughter and dog and was amazed at the beauty of the forest. Great walks in the forest and the density of trees is staggering.

“Parked at Gisburn hub and we just loved the forest. Can't wait to do it again”.

Another said: “During our week here we have motored extensively throughout the Forest of Bowland. We have eaten locally and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cross Keys Inn in Whitechapel.

“Excellent accommodation, good food and welcoming staff. We will return.”