About Trawden Forest Glamping

Angie and I are embarking on a new venture.
We have erected three luxury pods and a barbeque hut in the forest at Meadow Bottom Farm adjacent to Dark Lane. 

We initially re-forested 7 acres of rough meadow land fifteen years ago which is now a thriving forest consisting of thirteen species of trees and shrubs native to the North of England eg:  Downy Birch, Hazel, Oak, Bird, and Wild Cherry, Holly and Blackthorn, etc. 

All these trees and shrubs attract a wide variety of birds, moths and butterflies’, hedgehogs, and roe deer.  The new forest has attracted new wildlife which is amazing. 

The aim is to create a peaceful retreat for people to indulge their passion for an outdoor life in comfort whilst taking advantage of the surrounding wildlife, countryside, and village facilities.

Mark & Angie Rowlands.

Trawden Forest

This area is called the Forest of Trawden encompassing land on Lancashire’s border with Yorkshire. Within it are three distinct villages – Trawden, Winewell and Wycoller. The coat of arms consists of a cow’s head, a cotton plant and laurel and oak leaves to represent a place where cattle were grazed and reared, cotton mills which brought work and prosperity and the forest aspect of the area. The Pennine Bridleway has a bit of everything – little secluded wooded valleys, open pastureland, quaint farm houses, moorland with outcropping of weathered millstone grit and Wycoller itself. Wycoller has a very long history and there is information and leaflets at the Aisled Barn. Wycoller Hall was built by the Hartley family in the 16 c. The ruins contain a renovated grand fireplace. The Aisled Barn was built in the 1630’s and is one of the finest examples of its kind in Lancashire. Severn bridges cross Wycoller Beck including – Clam, Copy House, Clapper, Pack-horse and Laithe Hills Bridges. Don’t forget to visit the tea shop, The Old Shippon – which offers take-away’s and home made cakes that you can buy on-line. At the start of the walk there are remains in the cobble stones of what used to be part of the ‘Colne and Trawden Light Railway’ (tramway) which opened in 1904 but closed in 1928. The Pennine Bridleway is part of a National Trail of some 200 miles purpose built for horse-riders, mountain bikers and walkers.

The Surrounding Area

Below are a variety of places for you to visit and explore offering unique villages and idyllic countryside.

Boulsworth Hill

On your doorstep – enjoy

Pendle Hill

Famous for its links with the Pendle witches in which trials took place in 1612.  Stunning scenery with plenty of country inns and tearooms for refreshment along the way.

Barley Village

An area of outstanding natural beauty.


One of the prettiest country parks in Lancashire.  Famous for its association with the Brontë sisters in books such as “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre”.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Canal barge trips are available over the 126 miles of canal which were completed in 1816 and has 91 locks.

Mile tunnel

Literally a mile long and on the Leeds / Liverpool canal between Colne and Foulridge. it was opened in 1796 and is still in daily use today.

Skipton Castle

Over 900 years old this well-preserved medieval castle is well worth a visit including a dungeon!


Known for its associated with the Brontë sisters and the parsonage where they were brought up and wrote many books.
The Worth Valley Railway and its steam trains. 

Hebden Bridge

Known for its welcoming atmosphere, quirkiness and creativity.  The high street is devoid of chain stores and has independent shops selling all kinds of wares. 
Hardcastle Craggs nearby are picturesque with a renovated cotton mill serving teas etc. 

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a large, curved limestone formation 0.6 miles north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. It was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago. Today it is a well-known beauty spot within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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