The Trough of Bowland is the narrow, steep sided valley in the heart of Bowland Forest that was formed as a glacial melt water channel at the end of the last glacial period. It is a very popular tourist site. It has been qoated as being Lancashire's "hidden gem".
The area around the Trough of Bowland is mostly moorland with sheep pasture. The nearest town to the Trough is Slaidburn.