Folly exhibition reveals the year round beauty of Bowland AONB

Jill Skelton with her photo of Chipping  fell runners
Jill Skelton with her photo of Chipping fell runners

You may live in or on the doorstep of Bowland, but there is always something new to see.

That is well and truly confirmed by a golden anniversary exhibition featuring 50 views of the landscape and local life, now running at The Folly, Settle.

The exhibition A Journey Through Bowland comprises photos by both professional and non-professional photographers.

It has been staged to mark the 50th anniversary of the designation of Bowland as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Those exhibiting include Michael Finch of Ribchester, whose photos depict Bowland’s distinctive patterns of landscape.

Meanwhile former Chipping resident Jill Skelton, (nee Saunders) was delighted to have three of her images selected – including two of the fell running race at Chipping show.

Jill, who now lives in Devon, but returns to Lancashire regularly to visit her mother Margaret Saunders, said: “Photography is only a hobby – I’ve always done it. I always like to see the fell runners setting off.... it was a picture I saw on the day.”

The show runs until November 2 and the Folly’s Honorary Curator Anne Read said: “We’ve had very close relationships with the Forest of Bowland – obviously we’re very close geographically.We have very, very close links. It seemed a lovely opportunity and we wanted to help with the celebrations of the 50th (AONB anniversary). A lot of visitors from other parts of the country don’t even know that Bowland exists. When they come here and realise how close we are to Bowland it’s another area to explore.”

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*The Folly, a Grade I listed 17th century house, is home to the Museum of North Craven Life and is on Victoria Street, Settle and is open until November 2 on Tuesdays from 10.30am - 4.30pm and on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm - 4.30pm. Admission is £2.70 for adults, £2,20 for concessions and free for under 16s.