It is in the area known as the Forest of Bowland, at the foot of the Trough of Bowland. This road has in part a gradient of 1 in 6.
The bridge itself is over the River Dunsop, which is a tributary of the River Hodder, itself a tributary of the River Ribble.
The Forest of Bowland was cultivated by Cistercian monks in the 13th century, especially for sheep rearing.
Dunsop Bridge has been claimed to be the very centre of Britain.