For many, the word ‘Bowland’ means nothing more than the college, and the ‘Trough of Bowland’ the bar. But if you look eastward behind the University, you will see a group of fells, the Forest of Bowland, officially classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Many are confused by the scarcity of woods in the ‘forest’, but that once denoted an area of open moorland set aside for hunting – trees weren’t necessarily part of the definition!
If you take the back road from the University to the village of Quernmore, you are soon in the heart of Bowland’s countryside. A narrow road leads eventually to the original Trough of Bowland, a steep-sided pass between the Wyre and Ribble valleys.
The lady in our College logo represents the personification of Bowland Forest, and is from a Lancashire map drawn by William Hole in 1622 and can be seen in the bar.