Cottages to rent for self-catering breaks in Cowan Bridge, Lancashire, England

Cowan Bridge Has Everything You Need for a good self-catering break

The small Lancashire village of Cowan Bridge is a terrific base for holidaymakers wanting to discover the southern Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. Families can enjoy riverside walks, fell walking and seeing the countryside from cycling paths or alternatively relax in a country cottage.

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Facts about what Cowan Bridge offers for Self-Catering Breaks

Fans of the Bronte sisters and their novels may already know of Cowan Bridge’s association with the Yorkshire born writers. Both Emily and Charlotte (and Maria and Elizabeth Bronte) attended the Clergy Daughters’ School there, an infamous institution at the time that Charlotte fictionalised in Jane Eyre.
Thanks to a group of volunteers who run Spot On Rural Touring, it’s possible to see some professional entertainment for the family. This organisation presents plays, musical performances, cabaret shows, dance and children’s shows at Fraser Hall in the village, which can hold around a hundred people. Their mission is to bring entertainment to remote rural communities across Lancashire.

Cowan Bridge is only two miles from the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, so there are opportunities to browse the market and shops and take in the historic buildings. However, the kids will be more interested in The Enchanted Chocolate Mine. Located at the Chocolat chocolate shop, an underground ‘mine’ is where you’ll find faeries, whose job it is to bring up all the delicious chocolate that they can find.

A drive to Docker Park Farm Visitor Centre makes for an entertaining day out, especially for the younger children. It’s a busy day, with go-karts for adults and the kids, tractor rides, donkey rides, a soft play area in a barn, an outdoor playground, a café and gift shop. In addition, there are the farm animals plus the alpacas and eight pairs of owls. The farm is in a lovely setting and visitors are welcome to walk round the two lakes.

Cowan Bridge is just five miles from the village of Ingleton, which opens up a world of natural attractions such as caves and waterfalls. White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain and beautiful waterfalls reward those following The Waterfalls Walk. You can also hop on a steam train and experience the famous Settle-Carlisle railway. For anyone wanting the challenge of The Three Peaks, Ingleborough (2,372 feet) is a good place to start and access from Ingleton is one of the easier routes.

Cowan Bridge is such a good choice of location and has so much to offer in the vicinity, you will need to make a return visit!

Begin by finding self-catering cottages near Cowan Bridge for a self-catering holiday that takes in the Lakes and Dales. Possible accommodation is displayed below, you may also wish to consider the following pages of self-catering cottages:


Featured Self catering country cottages near Cowan Bridge, Lancashire, England:

Spen Barn, Forest of Bowland, Tatham, Lancashire, England

5 bedroom Converted Barn, Yorkshire Dales.

sleeps 4 - 10 guests
4 - 10
5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
5 star

Searching for an idyllic rural retreat with a stylish interior which is well located for exploring both the greenery of the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park? If so this large 5 bedroom stone-built cottage could be perfect, set by a wooded valley and with beautifully styled accommodation this holiday barn sleeps up to 10 people plus 2 pet dogs.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £801
Next availability:
from 03 April to 06 April 20 from 17 April to 22 May 20

Usherwoods Barn, Forest of Bowland, Tatham, Lancashire, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversion, Yorkshire Dales.

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
5 star

Spacious family-friendly and dog-friendly holiday barn with wonderful countryside views out to the Three Peaks, close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Weekly Price from: £460
Next availability:
from 12 June to 19 June 20 from 26 June to 04 September 20

Romantic Slaidburn Apartment, Slaidburn, Lancashire, England

1 bedroom Barn Conversion Apartment, Forest of Bowland.

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
no dogs allowed
4 star

Romantic rural holiday apartment with valley views, set within the beautiful Forest of Bowland.

Weekly Price from: £265

Briarcroft Fishery Lodge, Preston, Lancashire, England

2 bedroom Riverside Holiday Lodge, North West England.

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome

Comfortable recently built timber holiday lodge with a fantastic setting right by the River Wyre, enjoy riverside walks, relaxing and fishing whilst enjoying a special holiday here (fishing is possible for two guests at nearby coarse fishing lakes).

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £375

We have no cottages within Cowan Bridge itself currently. However,the properties listed above are all within a 40 mile radius of Cowan Bridge. For more options please take a look at our search assistant or to widen your search, why not take a look at available Last Minute Cottages in England