3.1 of 5 (7 votes)

A flat circular walk from Lancaster

A moderate walk (canal) in Lancashire, England, about 17.00km (10.56 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 24m (78ft)
Descent 20m (65ft)
Max. Elevation 60m (196ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 44m (143ft)
Start & End
Distance 17.00km
Duration ~5:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 01 Nov 2015
A flat 12 1/2 mile canal/coastal/old railway line walk. Pushchair/wheelchair canal access/egress via short stepped sections & at Hest Bank follow coastal road to Morecambe prom (Point 5). To shorten walk return buses to Lancaster (or Morecambe) available along the coastal road from Hest Bank. Return train from Morecambe too. General store shops in Hest Bank. Toilets in Morecambe.

Walk Functions


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Exit the railway station and head towards the town centre. Pass through the shopping area heading east, rise gently up hill (heading towards the Cathedral is a good option). To reach the canal.
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Access the canal tow path and turn left, heading north. Note: accessing the canal involves a short section of stepping which may be an issue for pushchairs/wheelchair users.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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After 1.75 miles reach and follow the Lune Aqueduct over the River Lune.
About 2.13 km (~1.32 miles) from
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Follow the towpath as it winds through the countryside for another 3 miles to reach Hest Bank (shops available here). Access off the towpath may be an issue for pushchair/wheelchair users (i.e. steps)
About 3.46 km (~2.15 miles) from
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From Hest Bank access the shore & turn left to follow it to reach the rather wonderful Morecambe promenade (pedestrians & pushbikes only) for 3 miles to the junction just beyond the Midland Hotel.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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At the road junction turn left to reach the rail station. A footpath on the south side of the line follows the route of an old railway line 3 miles to Carlisle Bridge in Lancaster.
About 3.71 km (~2.31 miles) from
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From Carlisle Bridge follow the river to the pedestrian bridge over the river. Once over the river meander you're way back into the town centre and thereafter to the railway/bus station.
About 4.57 km (~2.84 miles) from
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The walks 12 1/2 miles long. Pushchairs/wheelchairs accessing/exiting the canal may be an issue due to steps & at Hest Bank you will need to follow the coastal road for 1/2 mile to reach the prom.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from

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Tim Woods
05 Nov 2015
A Fine Walk And Fine City/town!

This brought back happy memories of pottering around Lancaster and Morecambe from my student days in the former! The countryside round here is fabulous, and the seafront in Morecambe one of the finest in the UK in my opinion. There's a great pub just across the bridge from Lancaster railway station as well. Head for the castle, and underneath it is the Merchants pub, an underground cellar that serves great real ale. http://merchants1688.co.uk

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